What a night. I stayed up far too late last night and now I'm running on fumes. Staying up past midnight and getting up at 4:30 is definitely a young man's game. However, I am mostly satisified with the news from last night. I want to set aside the presidential race for a moment and focus on the State races. There was a lot of good news coming out of the State races. Here are just a few of the reasons I'm happy today:
Florida: Allen West lost. West gives unhinged a whole new meaning and I'm sure he will soon be hosting his very own lunatic radio show. But for now, lets rejoice in his defeat.
Illinois: Joe Walsh lost. Maybe Walsh can team up with West to start some tea party AM Radio show - The Morning Zoo With Wacky Walsh & West.
Massachusetts: Scott Brown lost. Elizabeth Warren reclaimed Ted Kennedy's senate seat, and hopefully, will be a much needed progressive voice in the U.S. Senate.
Indiana: Richard Mourdock lost. I'm not necessarily enthusiastic about Joe Donnelly, who is now Indiana's newest senator. However, I see his victory more as a voter repudiation of the ignorance fomented by the tea party, rather than as an endorsement of Joe Donnelly.
Connecticut: Linda McMahon is 96 million dollars poorer as she lost her second senate race in three years. Chris Murphy won easily in a race that gave me hope that money simply cannot buy elections.
Ohio: Sherrod Brown won. The State of Ohio told Josh Mandel to shut up and Sherrod Brown, the U.S. Senate's most progressive voice was re-elected.
Maine: Same Sex Marriage passes. The nation's attitude on this issue is finally evolving.
Maryland: Same Sex Marriage passes. See a trend?
Washington: Same Sex Marriage passes. Oh, I do, I do see a trend! Marijuana decriminalization passes.
Colorado: Marijuana decriminalization passes. Is the nation's attitude on marijuana finally evolving?
California: The initiative to require that all food containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) be labeled as such, was soundly defeated. I'm wildly disappointed in this outcome. This was a very important initiative that I believe is needed on a National basis.
North Dakota: Heidi Heitkamp is being projected as the winner of the Senate race in North Dakota. With 93% of the vote calculated she has a 3,000 vote lead over Republican Rick Berg. This is a surprising pickup for the Democratic party.
Ok, I admit to being sleepy and I am sure that I missed a lot of important victories and losses. What are you celebrating or mourning today?