From The Telegraph:
After snatching the House with the closest thing to a crushing mandate ever likely in a system biased in favour of the incumbents, the Democrats now have their hands on the investigative machinery of Capitol Hill.
They can hire lawyers and detectives; they can subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify under oath; they can mount show trials – or indeed real trials – subjecting their enemies to torment under the glaring klieg lights of the world media.
This is a powerful weapon, as Bill Clinton learned when Newt Gringrich stormed the House in 1994, breaking the half-century stranglehold of the Democrats. Newtâ€™s Republicans did not rest until they had impeached the president for perjury and abuse of office in the Paula Jones/Lewinsky saga – even if the meaker Senate later opted for acquittal.
It is an even more powerful weapon in the hands of the Democrats, who can broadly count on supporting fire from the Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Newsweek, Time, and the big three TV networks – mostly Beltway liberals by cultural instinct. It was this Congressional-media synergy that gave Watergate its extra bite, dooming Richard Nixon.
If the top echelons of the Bush administration have done anything wrong over the last six years in power, they can now expect to see every vile detail exposed in one of those menacing wood-pannelled chambers on the Hill.