By Editor-in-chief
updated 11/14/2006 9:30:39 AM ET 2006-11-14T14:30:39

Now that the midterms are history, some voters are looking to the future with hopes of a 2008 presidential race that spells the end to gridlock and polarization in national politics. Others are not so dreamy.

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“We are in big trouble folks,” writes a member of the social networking site who goes by the nickname tedzeppelin. “The battle lines are being drawn. We are about to witness the worst gridlock in the history of this country.”

“Everybody is being polite right now, but the lines in the sand are already being drawn. From here on out, the Democrats are after the White House. Every word they say and everything they do will be to that end,” he wrote in a forum, or “Loop,” dedicated to 2008. “The Republicans are already scouting locations for political landmines and places from which to ambush Democrats. I have never been so disappointed in my life.”

An ongoing tracking poll at reflects the public’s skepticism. While a majority of those surveyed so far said they are happy with the results of the Nov. 7 election, nearly half said neither party is capable of making real changes. Nearly nine of every 10 agreed that the country “still needs a new direction.”

One HOTSOUP regular called for a “fusion ticket” in 2008 that would unite politicians from both parties. “I am trumpeting Danforth/Obama,” he wrote, referring to the former GOP Sen. John Danforth of Missouri and rising Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.

Another Loop writer, JimB, called himself a natural cynic. “But hopefully until proven wrong, the new executive and legislative configuration in Washington will do as they say.  Surely, it will not be pretty, but it just might be the recipe to get us from sideways to forward.”

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