Last night, Democrats were thanking God & their groundgame for an expected nailbiter that turned into a surprisingly large electoral college victory. The party held on to the Senate - and may actually pick up seats, thanks to the TEA Party. The fight for marriage equality scored some big gains, and Allen West lost his seat.
Without gloating - an activity that the late Molly Ivins warned against - let's quickly review some of last night's big winners:
Nate Silver: The FiveThirtyEight blogger sustained withering criticism from the folks who didn't like his math. Silver predicted 313 electoral votes for the President. With Florida still too close to call, but Obama in the lead, looks like Silver's main problem was being too conservative.
Democratic senators: A year ago, heck... even 6 months ago, even the most optimistic pundits were predicting an evenly divided senate and possibly a GOP-controlled chamber. But as it stands now, it's possible that we may actually pick up a seat.
Marriage equality: A big, big night on this one! Voters in Maryland and Maine. The vote in Washington State looks good, and Minnesota voters turned down an effort to write marriage inequality into the state constitution.
ACLU of Alabama: After running neck & neck all evening, Roy Moore finally surged ahead in the Chief Justice race and defeated Judge Robert Vance. While terrible for Alabama, the ACLU affiliate's membership and contributor base grew markedly during Moore's last tenure.
Political "sports" fans: Alerted by Twitter chatter last night, Daddycat & I turned on Fox News to enjoy the Karl Rove/Ohio meltdown and stayed to listen to analysts warn that the coming fight for the "soul" of the party (who knew it had one?) was going to be pretty bruising. TEA Party folks were already complaining that Romney lost because he wasn't a "real" conservative while the old guard talked about the need to appeal to a wider demographic group than angry old white people.
We'll have a lot more news & analysis about the election over the few days, but I'm running on about 4 hours sleep right now.....
Feel free to treat this as an open thread and tell share your favorite moments from last night. Video of the "Great Rove Meltdown of 2012" is on the flip.