I’m not just looking at the Presidential election. I’m looking at 3 gay marriage initiatives passing 3-0 last night, where we were 0-36 before. I’m looking at the fact that Obama could mention gays and lesbians in his speech, and that his support might have been a factor in his win. That Tammy Baldwin could be elected in Wisconsin over a popular ex-governor. That even in red states like Missouri and Indiana voters could say that enough is enough with regard to outrageous statements about women and choice and decide that these men simply are not responsible enough to hold power. That despite blatant voter suppression policies in Ohio and Florida, that African American, Latino, and other progressive voters have the tenacity to wait in line for hours to cast a vote. That voters are mature enough to vote for higher taxes when needed. That we booted Joe Walsh and Allen West, and almost booted Michelle Bachman. That Sherrod Brown, who faced the biggest onslaught of dark money of any candidate excepting Obama, is still standing having weathered it – and maybe we showed last night that massive saturation of ads does not win elections. That New Hampshire now has all women in their five highest offices. That a four-eyed bookworm intellectual like Elizabeth Warren can beat out the quarterback cool kid. That Chris Christie is willing to buck the fringe tide in his party, and maybe, just maybe, can be an effective standard-bearer to restore at least some level of bipartisanship in the country. That working class white voters won Ohio for the scary black guy.
Yeah, I wish we had abolished the death penalty in California yesterday, but that’s still a tough sell. At least we reformed 3 strikes after several similar failures. But California, for all its vaunted progressivism, still has a law and order streak which belies our reputation.
And Eric Mar fought off a huge dark money dump in the Richmond District of SF.
I’m used to being depressed on the morning after. But this went very well.
Josh Marshal lists a few more factoids to support my argument. I hadn’t even heard about Trump’s rant! That alone is worth the price of admission.
And if you’re a rich guy, are you going to fork over more money to Rove’s loser causes?
And we elected our first Buddhist Senator!