Two personal big winners on election night were Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE, who conquered an army of political opponents after he was treated as politically dead, and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE, a serious and thoughtful conservative who will soon be mentioned as a future presidential and vice-presidential candidate.

Reid taught other Democrats how to fight back. He fought back ferociously and defeated the Tea Party, Karl Rove, interest groups and the Republican power structure. Reid is now the rock star of Democrats, and the relationship between Reid and President Obama is now the No. 1 power relationship in Washington.

Rubio impressed me as a world-class guy, and if Republicans follow his model the 2012 campaign will be interesting indeed.

Marco Rubio took the high road. He never sank to the low-concept politics that so many politicians fall victim to. He is a man of ideas and a conservative of principle who will be a major player in Washington starting today.

I tip my hat to them both. In different political parties and in very different ways, Harry Reid and Marco Rubio were big winners in the election. It will be interesting watching them both in the Senate, Harry Reid the new rock star who showed Democrats how to fight back, Marco Rubio the new rock star who showed conservatives and Republicans how to win the main event in 2012, which begins today.