After the midterm elections, I had conversations with a number of left-of-center folks who didn't think much would really happen with the Democrats in control of both houses of Congress. Bush and Cheney had ignored Congress even when it was staffed with Stepford Republicans who'd do their bidding, and these folks didn't expect them to start listening with the Democrats in charge.
My reply to the doubters was always two simple words: "subpoena power." With control of the House and Senate, the Democrats were finally going to be able not just to ask questions and review internal White House policies, but also demand answers. They'd be able to call the administration folks into congressional hearings, place them under oath, and beat the truth out of them.
Pressed as to just which Democrats had the stones to do this, I had two more words: "Henry Waxman." Waxman is a dogged invesitgator and a thorough believer in vigorous oversight. He's busy conducting investigations into the handling of the Iraqi occupation, and just today, he's been busy digging into the books and then raking Paul Bremer over the coals. And this is just the beginning.
Sic 'em, Henry.