- Steve Israel: Republicans should remember 2009 as they celebrate control of Congress and the White House
- Undivided power quickly slipped out of the Democrats' hands after the heady days eight years ago
Former Rep. Steve Israel, a Democrat from New York, is chairman of the Long Island University Global Institute and a CNN contributor. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)The party is in rapture. It's on the verge of controlling the White House, the House and the Senate. After eight years of misery, it will inaugurate a new president who has realigned the electorate. Dominance seems assured. Despite the chilly January temperatures, there's not a cloud in the political skies on that brisk Inauguration Day.