Another good sign: I liked some of the Dems this year. Not just guys like Ed Rendell, but others, like James Webb of Virginia, who was just head-and-shoulders more qualified George Allen.
Webb is a Jacksonian Democrat -- which is what most Americans are, at their core. I certainly am. More guys like Webb and the Dems will be on their way to being responsible adults.
Troubling signs: Too many scions of politicians chosen mostly for their name-brand recognition. Bob Casey, Jr. Tom Kean, Jr. Too much of this shit, for too long. I think the Kennedys started it, or maybe the Adamses. In modern campaigning, branding is important -- and we're seeing families inventing themselves as brands, the biggest being, of course, the Kennedys and the Bushes. Aristocrats suck, no matter what their called.