I just have time for a short blog - I'm sure everyone's wondering where the hell I've been given how big a Dem I am and how tremendously happy I must be and am, but I've been way too busy - but there's something I want to say on this election.
While I think that clearly anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-Republican sentiment was a strong factor in the overwhelming Democratic victory (man, winning the House and Senate both has kept a smile on my face these last 48 hours), I think we can't ignore the pro-Dem results either:
Democrats won a majority of governorships and state legislatures. Hell, Texas Dems held onto all their incumbents in the State House and actually increased their number by 5 (this may cost Tom Craddick his Speakership actually) and we had a complete blowout in Dallas County. Clearly, Bush and national issues weren't at play there.
Also, most people seem to agree with us on the issues too looking at the referenda results across the country:
-South Dakoka's abortion ban failed and parental notification failed in California (again)
-Embryonic stem cell research won out in Missouri
-All 6 state minimum wage increases won across the country
-3 state ballot initiatives calling for troop withdrawal passed
-Hell, even one of the gay marriage bans, in Arizona, failed
And so on...
It has been the politics of fear that have kept Republicans in the majority. The people are on the side of progressives.