Change doesn't have to wait until January.
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is gone. (A sign of a new day.)
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is gone, partly, too. (A sign of a new order.)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., isn't going anywhere. (But she's gone quite a distance to get there.)
Penny Pritzker leaves before she ever even arrives.
And the auto bailout came back to life after it was declared dead, only to die again. (It may yet rise again -- though not until next month.)