Wednesday, November 7, 2012

President Barack Obama Wins Re-Election, Democrats Victorious

I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say about the 2012 election tomorrow, and in the days to come. For now, as I write this, it is nearly midnight Pacific time. Which is pretty early, when you consider everyone thought this race was so close and would go well into the night, if not for days or weeks. Nope. Before 8:30 pm, we knew that President Obama had won re-election. Of course, the Mitt Romney campaign clung to hope, and refused to concede Ohio for a while, but in the end it didn't matter. . .for all the huff and puff of how important Ohio was? Even though he won it, Obama didn't need it to win. [Story continues below]

Almost across the board, Tuesday night was a happy night for Democrats. We retained the Presidency. We retained (and picked up seats in) the Senate. We reduced the majority in the House. We got Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth and Tammy Baldwin into Congress. Alan Grayson returns to the House of Representatives, and Sherrod Brown defeated that twerp Josh Mandel.

On top of this, there were four marriage equality battles across the country, and we won--get this--all four of them!* This is a victory of unprecedented scale. In 32 previous battles, we lost them all. Obviously and clearly, the tide has turned. Momentum is seriously on our side. And hey, Tammy Baldwin is now the first openly gay Senator! A fantastic, dare I say fabulous night for gay Americans.

There were many other victories for Democrats, eclipsing to the point of irrelevancy most Republican scores. They won no unexpected states. They have at least three candidates clinging to the hope of victory (still undecided at this writing), Michele Bachmann, Allen West and Dean Heller, but in sight of a loss. I'll cross my fingers on those.

Much more to say, obviously, but I think this is it for me until Wednesday evening. Thank you, America! I was just as nervous as last year, but it turns out that I'll continue trusting former superhero, current demigod, Nate Silver.

*One caveat: at the time of this writing, Washington was on the road to victory in the marriage equality fight, but it wasn't yet officially decided. Just FYI.

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