Brilliant photo by Doug Mills for the New York Times.
Romney couldn’t even carry Massachusetts or Michigan.
And there’s more good news – several states voted in marriage equality and two states voted in recreational marijuana use. In Indiana, Mourdock, the whack job who said that if a rape victim got pregnant it was God’s will, lost. Todd Akin, who insisted that women could not become pregnant from rape, also lost. Wisconsin brings us our first openly gay (and female) Senator. In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren beat tea bagger Scott Brown. While the Republicans held onto their majority in the House, I think it’s clear that Americans prefer the centrist policies of Obama to the factions on the extreme right that have lately dominated the Republican party.
One might hope that with the election over, the people of the U.S. will all work together to deal with the major issues that the country is facing. But that would be to deny reality.
Sure, thick-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump sits outside of the mainstream Republican party. But he won’t be the last extremist out there with access to media. And then there’s Fox News blaming “the mainstream” media for Romney’s loss. As if Fox News wasn’t mainstream? As if it wasn’t Romney and his proposed policies and the Republican party itself that were responsible for the loss.