After a long Tuesday night that turned into an early Wednesday morning, the presidential winner became clear. George W. Bush was able to win enough necessary electoral votes (270) to secure the presidency and a second term. The night was a good one for Republicans who continued to make gains in both the House and Senate. In contrast, Democrats were reeling after their Minority Leader Tom Daschle lost a close race against Republican challenger John Thune. So, with George W. winning the popular vote with 51% and Republicans making solid gains in Congress, what does this mean for the future? Well, for one thing Democrats need to take a step back and rethink their strategy when it comes to garnering votes. Who will emerge as the new leader of the Dems? Hillary Clinton? Russ Feingold? Perhaps newcomer Barack Obama? On the other hand, Republicans have been given an incredible opportunity to lay out their plans for America. How those plans turn out will be key to the future of this great country.