I haven't been blogging this evening because (i) we had guests over for dinner and the early portion of watching the election returns and (ii) I've been working on a VEER Magazine piece that's due in the morning. That's not to say that I haven't been following the election returns closely. At this point - 12:04 AM - Romney is still refusing to concede that he has lost to Barack Obama. The man's arrogance and sense of entitlement just never ends. He's a spoiled, rich brat who is out of touch with reality as I have always contended. While Virginia has not yet been called for Obama, the current numbers via WTKR-TV show Obama up by roughly 5,600 some votes and the areas with numbers still straggling in are all strong Democrat areas. I am finding equal pleasure in Tim Kaine's defeat of my former classmate, George Allen in the race for the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb.
Another first also took place tonight - Tammy Baldwin who I was lucky enough to meet back in 2008 at the LGBT blogger summit in Washington, D. C., has won her race and become the first openly gay U.S. Senator in the nation's history. Kudos and hugs to you, Tammy!
But there is further cause for celebration:(1) it appears that Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins who joined in the amazing opinion bring marriage equality to Iowa has been retained by voters despite the nasty and foul efforts of NOM and Rick Santorum, and (2) the results from Maine and Maryland where marriage equality has been called as the winner. I've seen nothing official for Washington State or Minnesota, but my daughter who lives in Olympia, Washington, says that with 81% of the vote in, marriage equality is winning. If this holds true, even if the Christofascists prevail in Minnesota, tonight has been a huge defeat for the National Organization for Marriage, the Roman Catholic bishops, and the Knights of Columbus who will have thrown away millions of dollars that would have been better used aiding widows and their children as the founder of the Knights of Columbus envisioned.
Overall, I am very pleased except for the loss of Paul Hirschbiel to hate group leader endorsed Scoot Rigell, a devote of Pat Robertson who seems to look increasingly like Skelator.
So what's the moral of all of this? It's simple: hate, bigotry, homophobia, and an open embrace of white supremacy simply no longer sell with the rapidly changing demography of the nation. If the GOP doesn't want to suffer continued defeats, it needs to kick the Christofascists and Tea Party haters to the curb. Things are not going to get better for the GOP. Their core base of angry white, heterosexual, homophobic men is literally dying off. If they don't grasp the fact that it's a new world, then the GOP had better get used to the concept of being a permanent minority party.