However, after scanning various morning headlines and editorials, I am left with the following questions:
- What are the implications for Canada?
- What does a shift in popularity to the Democrats mean for the world; especially concerning Iraq and the 'war on terror'?
According to Renan Levine, a University of Toronto political scientist, "the House is a bigger prize for Democrats than the Senate" (CTV):
"Because the minority tends to have quite a lot of power in the Senate and because there's a Republican president, not a hug impact," Levine told CTV.ca on Tuesday.
For example, overturning a presidential veto requires a two-thirds majority, or about 67 votes in the Senate.
"One of the big impacts, though, by taking over the House, the Democrats will have subpoena power," he said.
Under the U.S. system, Congress is charged with the oversight of the executive branch, i.e., Bush and his cabinet, he said.
"They can hold hearings about policy matters that will embarrass the administration," he said. "We're likely going to hear a lot of hearings about Iraq."
Well, I'm turning it over to you, dear readers. Please enlighten me.