Then keep your fingers crossed. Because even if the Democrats can overcome vote suppression, “spoilage,” disenfranchisement, and rigged/malfunctioning electronic voting machines* (which never, ever seem to malfunction to the Democrats’ advantage, do they?), and get enough votes counted to take both houses of Congress, that’s just the beginning.
If the voters manage to get the Democrats into power in Congress despite all that, next comes the cataclysmic fight to the death. Bush disregards the Republican-controlled legislature at his whim, so it’s not like he’s suddenly going to acknowledge Congress’s authority if it’s now Democrat-controlled. The Pontificate of the Church of the Unitary Executive will not be checked, and you know they’ll force a Contitutional showdown if Congress starts exercising any oversight, while the Scaife Army spreads out across the news networks to roll their eyes to the heavens and wonder why, oh why, Democrats must be so shrill, partisan, and obstructionist.
Which is fine. Let ’em. Bush is at sub-Nixon approval ratings, which have thus far proved to be fairly unbudgable. As the Gang of 500 struts and frets about the state of politics rather than the state of the nation, declares Democrats shrill when the criticize Republicans and weak when they don’t, and wonders whether each new “war of words,” “shocking development,” or “explosive revelation” will hurt the Democrats and help Republicans, we have a civil society to rebuild.
So go vote. If you’ve already voted, thanks. If we’re fortunate, the real work will start tomorrow.