Well, Fran O’Sullivan must be shaking her head in confusion – her endorsement of Mitt Romney somehow failed to get him over the line, or anywhere need it. Maybe she’ll find succor in these referenda results: 5 out of 5 states voted in favour of legalising marijuana (only medical some states). 4 out of 4 voted in favour of marriage equality (or against prohibitions on it). California has watered down its 3 strikes law. And Florida voted against banning public funds for abortion.
Seriously though, these results are great news for a more liberal America and will hopefully provide some momentum on this issues here as well.
Oh, and how’s this for binders full of women: the US Senate will have a record 20 women. The US has elected to Congress its first disabled woman, first open lesbian, and its first Asian woman* (all Democrats, of course). New Hampshire will have an all-female Congress delegation and a female governor. The ‘rape guys’ like Todd Atkin, Richard Mourdock, and Joe Walsh got their arses kicked.
*speaking of ethic diversity in the Senate, did you know that Obama was only the third African-American ever to be elected to the Senate? 2 others were selected in Reconstruction Mississippi by the State Senate and Roland Burris was appointed to replace Obama in 2008 – he is currently the only African-American in the Senate. The only black woman was Carol Moseley Braun, was also the first woman to defeat an incumbent senator and was later ambassador to New Zealand.