The voters have been mislead and have "mis-spoken." Voters who re-elect incumbents suffer from incumbentosis. There are many reasons for this condition but there are also two cures for incumbentosis: (1) single terms and (2) recall. Worst of all, yesterday the moneyocrats have won again by pretending that the Democrat "over" Republican "victories" will cause change. What they will not change is what we need most: replace moneyocracy with democracy. Always keep in mind that moneyocracy serves the rich while democracy serves the people. Sociologically and economically, people are classified into upper, middle, and lower (or working) classes. "Senator" Sanders always laments the plight of the middle class (because below that people don't vote), but never does anything for the middle or working class.
In American politics, there are only two classes: the rich and the unrich (my word). If you can buy the office for your candidate, and then buy your candidate's votes as they come up, without depriving yourself financially, you are rich. If you can't, you are unrich which includes everybody from upper middle class to the homeless and destitute, about 98% or 99% of the population.
Whenever the Democrats and/or the Republicans triumph, the moneyocrats win and the American people lose. Not too complicated, but the Big Lie Media misinform, so "the voters have spoken" is a lie and the voters have misspoken while the moneyocrats laugh all the way to the bank. Pelosi and Sanders and Welch claim there will be a new direction. Bull stool. They make no mention of a sudden rescue of the U.S. troops from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Not even Pelosi's lie is new. It's the same old cow pie fronting for the moneyocrats who finance the Democrat/Republican two-faced party (half donkey/half elephant) biennial shadow boxing to create the illusion of difference and choice.
But what is wrong with professional career politicians, also known as "entrenched incumbents"? Only this: they are self-serving and do anything and everything for re-election. In particular, they take special-interest lobby money for name recognition advertising for re-election, and serve the special interests of their financiers but do little or nothing in the public interest or for the voters. Is there a simple cure? No, there are two simple cures: (1) outlaw re-election by enacting one single 2-year term, and (2) recall. Unfortunately, Senator Jim Condos of South Burlington is promoting 4-year terms, initially for constitutional officers, to be "expanded" to all 180 state senators and representatives. This we must prevent at all cost. The recall provision is part of an initiative-and-referendum law and it has two advantages over impeachment: recall does not require the voters to give a reason or cause, much less prove its validity, while impeachment is a whole legalistic procedure including an impeachment vote in the House, a trial by the Senate, and if "guilty," impeachment by the House. We recall that Bill Clinton was impeached but finished his term in office, which is why we need something more effective than impeachment.
Several 2006 non-front runners (variously tarred by the Big Lie Media as losers or fringe candidates) are organizing a group named http://2008winners.com. Membership will be by invitation only and will be limited to individuals who understand the not-too-complicated DEM/GOP scheme and moneyocratic control of U.S. politics, plus a sincere desire for democracy.
Replacing professional career politicians with public interest motivated, representative single-term legislators will have the additional advantage of outing the special interest lobbyists and their bad money out of business. Once these goals are accomplished, voters will discover politics as desirable, and will flock to occupy single two-year terms even if they now avoid politics as hopelessly and incurably corrupt. As Victor Hugo would say, nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.