After a decade-plus drought, on top of the House of Reps and so many governorships, the possibility of a Democratic Senate almost seems like too much to hope for. As Wednesday, Nov 8 dawns, the entire world awaits those two cliffhanger electoral verdicts - with John Tester versus Conrad Burns in Montana, and Jim Webb challenging "macaca"-obsessed George Allen in Virginia. Last night as dozens of us sat "huddled together" watching the returns, gradually I began to feel the opposite of what so many of us felt on election night 2004. That night at Washington's Capital Hilton Democratic "party" headquarters our mood gradually sank from jubilation to shock and dread. That was the night I came down with a terrible cold. But this time's different! We're about to have the first Democratic House majority - basically since that day I left my Capitol Hill job in 1993. What's more, my former boss Major Owens is wrapping up his long and distinguished career serving the people of the 11th Congressional District of Brooklyn, New York - just as Democrats regain political power (and a country and world in crisis). Life's incredible, no? You never know.