Seriously. Maybe this didn't actually exceed my wildest expectations, but it sure fulfilled my fondest hopes.
Obama is going to wind up with 332 electoral votes and a majority of the popular vote -- why the heck are some pundits saying he doesn't have a mandate? That's more than And the closest Mitt Romney could come to a concession is a promise to "earnestly pray for" President Obama. What a graceless waster of billionaire bucks.
Democrats kicked ass in the US Senate last night, re-electing some good Senators -- in Ohio Sherrod Brown proved that corporate money alone can't buy Senate seats -- and electing several better ones. Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren. Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin. Senator-elect Mazie Hirono. Senator-elect Chris Murphy. Claire McKaskill, Debbie Stabenow, Amy Klobuchar and Dianne Feinstein all held their seats. It was a great night for women.
Republicans will still control the house, but there's good news on that front as well, with Dems picking up seats, possibly as many as 8. Alan Grayson is going back to Congress. It appears that Allen West is not. Combat veteran Tammy Duckworth is going to Washington. There will be a Kennedy in Congress again. Joaquin Castro is going to Washington.
Math won. The politics of racism and sexism lost ... most places.
Closer to home, the picture is not quite so rosy, but not bad for all that.
Amendment 1 passed. Amendment 4 went down.
I hate it that Roy Moore will be our next Chief Justice. Bob Vance came close, far closer than most pundits thought possible. He ran a smart, classy campaign and if he'd been in this since the spring, instead of since August 22, he might have pulled it off.
Ditto that Twinkle beat Lucy Baxley. I'd hoped for better, but hadn't really expected it. The hate for Obama brought out the GOP voters in Alabama.
JeffCo Democrats essentially kicked the GOP out of the county last night. I said it after the 2010 bloodbath and I'll say it again this morning, the rebuilt Alabama Democratic Party is going to grow out of the urban areas in this state, starting with Birmingham. Good job, JeffCo Dems!
In Madison County, Democratic Probate Judge Tommy Ragland appears to have been re-elected. My own county commissioner, Roger Jones, was re-elected -- nasty GOP mailers notwithstanding.
Nationally, liberals and progressives couldn't have asked for a better outcome -- the Senate gains are borderline miraculous. Here in Alabama, we fell short of hopes, but not of expectations. We need to do for Alabama what Obama did for America, especially in the swing states: EXPAND THE ELECTORATE.
Look at the voting rates and registration rates for various demographics in this state. There are a lot of potential voters on our side who are too discouraged to participate while the other side has left no stone unturned to get their voters to the polls. It's hard to imagine how the AL-GOP can find more angry white evangelical voters, but there are far too many young people, single women and people of color who aren't voting in Alabama. Organization and messaging can change that, and those voters can change Alabama.
Hope you enjoyed the party last night. Election 2014 starts today.