At the Calvert Gamble lunch counter, customers feasted on Tuesday night's republican runaway. "I think it's really good," said Bill Wilhelm.
Wilhelm ate lunch with two men who felt like anaylzing the 2002 Vote. He chimed in by saying, "I think it's going to make a difference for the president. It's going to make a lot of the issues that he was elected to do a little bit easier to get passed through, instead of having such a big fight."
A few seats away, Rick Randazzo said the pressure is now squarely on the GOP. "They'll have to perform," Randazzo said. "Anything that goes wrong out of this Congress is a direct reflection on just the republicans. They can't blame it on anyone else but themselves."
At that moment, a lunch counter radio could be heard. "Republicans are guaranteed control of the Senate and the House," said the news anchor.
The lunch crowd knew Tuesday's historic election put President Bush and soon to be Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott on the hot seat. Just ask D'Iberville's Glenn Carson. "The republicans are going to, like he said, have to perform. Take care of everything and show what they really are. No more smoke," said Carson.
The lunch gang was hopeful that with the republicans now in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, they could serve up some immediate results.