Things and thoughts that are too short to make up individual posts…
* New Mexico is totally blue: All three seats in Congress and both Senate seats are now in the hands of the Democrats for the first time in a long time…if ever. Martin Heinrich won the 1st District, previously held by Heather Wilson, and Harry Teague won the 2nd, ending 28 years of GOP rule in that district. Pete Domenici’s senate seat went to Tom Udall, who turns his house seat over to Benjamin Lujan. And in spite of my lousy predictions in the recent past, I’m betting that New Mexico will have a new governor in January when Bill Richardson becomes Secretary of State.
* In Colorado, Marilyn Musgrave, the congresswoman who wrote the proposed Constitutional amendment that would have banned gay marriage, gets her comeuppance. Also, Amendment 48 which would have defined a fertilized egg as a person, went down 72% to 27%. Thank Dog for a modicum of sanity in Colorado.
* The fact that Indiana went for Obama is stunning. If that is a microcosm of the nation, then things are looking good.
* The fifteen minutes are up for Joe the Plumber; maverick; Rev. Jeremiah Wright; William Ayers; lipstick on pigs; the Bradley effect; drill, baby, drill; First Dude; throw under a bus; in the tank; Real Americans; my friends; game-changers; socialism; fist-bumps; fitting “change” into every phrase; droppin’ g’s; winking; and any number of annoying things that popped out of this campaign like Whack-A-Moles at an arcade. Feel free to add your own nominees for banishment.
* If Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican Party, they are in deeper shit than anyone could possibly imagine. If the righties — the Michelle Malkins, the Jonah Goldbergs, the Ann Coulters, the Rush Limbaughs, and the rest of the bull-goose loonies — think that the way to win in 2010 and 2012 is to be even more right wing, then grab the water bottles and tarps because they are going to be in the wilderness for a long, long time.
* Ups and downs: equal rights for the gay community took hits, but reproductive rights won in South Dakota.
* I was stuck in traffic this morning on the Palmetto Expressway. In the next lane was a car plastered with McCain-Palin stickers with the turn signal on. In a gesture of unity and cooperation, I let him cut in. It all starts with small gestures…