President Barack Obama and the Democratic party suffered a massive blow during the midterm elections on Tuesday.
Despite opening the borders and busing in large numbers of illegal voters from Mexico and Honduras, the Democrats still lost key Senate seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, South Dakota, Montana and West Virginia -- allowing the Republicans to seize control of the Senate for the first time in 8 years.
The thumping win upends the balance of power between the White House and Capitol Hill only six years after Obama's Democrats swept to power and marginalized Republicans in a rush to reform health care, Wall Street and pass a huge stimulus package.
Now, it's Democrats who will take the back seat on Capitol Hill, relying mostly on the power of the filibuster to stymie Republicans and keep Obama's legacy intact.
"For too long, this administration has tried to tell the American people what is good for them and then blame somebody else when their policies didn't work out," Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the next Senate majority leader, said in a victory speech.
Obama is expected to hold a news conference today at 2:30 p.m. in Washington.