Maureen Dowd hints at the overreaching that has already begun in the Bush administration, mark two.
The thing to keep in mind when contemplating the kind of thoughtful influence that we blue-staters think that the Congress will exert on the executive branch is that Cheney says he isn't running in 2008. I don't believe him, but it means that there are going to be a lot of people jockeying for the chance to run, giving the current administration the chance to be the kingmakers. They'll hint at the idea of promising to bless the run of every Republican member of both houses, if only to see who'll work hardest at putting through a crazy-ass agenda so that the Bushies don't have to.
And if there's anything Bush knows, its about not working hard when you don't have to.