It was a good night to be a progressive or member of the Democratic Party. Obama won, key state offices went to Democtats and the Same Sex Marriage and Marijuana issues passed. The Democratic Party reserved the VFW Post meeting hall for their celebration and it was a great decision. The hall was a jovial and rocking scene all evening long. Best after election party in many years.
Riley Sweeney ran the election return station, live blogging on his Political Junkie site. He has posted a number of photos of the evening's fun. Riley has brought great energy, good insight and a sense of purpose to his website over this election season. If you are not checking his site on a regular basis, I recommend you do. He is part of our future.
Of course elected officials were also there enjoying themselves, including past representatives. State Senator Kevin Ranker, just reelected, helped out behind the bar for a while. Different elected officials took the microphone and small stage at various times to thank supporters and give words of perspective. Matt Krough received many compliments for his campaigning efforts and there was a sense that many have high hopes for him in the future.
And all were relieved and estactic at the reelection of Obama.
My own perspective. I was a charter member of the Young Americans for Freedom back in 1960. I was raised by a very conservative father. And it was years before I moved to a progressive and liberal view of society and politics. But I have retained my understanding of what makes conservatives tick. And I think this reelection of Obama will put some of the most regressive of conservative politics into the junk heap of history. Finally. For the first time in our history, I am told this evening, the minorities in our country - Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, women, gays - elected this president. The white conservatives - including most of the Tea Party folks and all those who think they are not racists but refer to Obama as “their” president - these white male conservatives have finally been shown the door. The Republican Party will either dismiss them and reinvent itself or go the way of the Federalist Party. It has taken over 50 years.
You will hear in the next few weeks - if you listen to the more right wing nuts on KGMI or Fox - that Romney lost because he compromised his conservative message - or because he did not explain it well enough. That is just plain horse puckey. He lost because Americans rejected the absurd policies of the extreme right in this country. To me that is the beautiful lesson of this election of Obama.
But the biggest story of the evening is, I think, the incredible domination of the U.S. Senate by Democrats and women. There may only be 21 women Senators as of January, but that is so many more than ever before. And the idiotic brain-dead candidates who wanted to take basic rights away from women were tossed aside. At the beginning of this next session, let's hope the Democrats have the basic sense to make rules that do not allow filibusters, or at least restrict them. With that, there will be some leverage to use on the House for much needed legislation that Obama will present.
With Obama's reelection, we embark on a new era of a more inclusive America. This is the message. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that the billionaires poured into politics this year, the American people had the common sense to ignore them. Money did not buy America. Karl Rove could not deliver. Now let us hope Obama puts real effort into his promises and does not squander this second chance.