Here's the simple map that shows Obama's big take in the Electoral College and the addition of two more Democratic votes in the Senate. The House is still firmly in the hands of Republicans. The map at electoral-vote.com has more details.
There's a new Independent in the Senate, and his name is Angus King. He seems to be a "centrist" - he's for gay marriage, but also for the Bowles and Simpson letter. When he was governor of Maine, he vetoed a bill to raise the state minimum wage by 25¢.
On the bright side, poor old Lindsay Graham was angrily saying no one could tell him the Republicans lost the election because they weren't far enough to the right. And Karl Rove managed to rip off a lot of billionaires, much to their chagrin. The pseudo-libertarian right is sounding the death-knell of the nation (they seem to have missed the funeral in 2000), despite the fact that all Obama has done is extend policy further to the right than ever before, and, funnily enough, they didn't much notice their rights going down the toilet during the two terms preceding Obama's. The difference between the two parties has become insignificant on most of these matters, except where the most intimate personal freedoms are concerned, where the Republicans based most of their campaigns, it seems, on removing what freedoms are left. And while I can only agree that Obamacare is a crappy idea, maybe they should have taken that up with the Heritage Foundation for hatching the scheme in the first place, and not nominated the guy who first instituted RomneyCare. But the security state expands apace and the wealthy establishment power-base is shored up, because that's what the right-wing wanted. One of the truest measures of freedom - the ability to make a decent living and not fear losing it because you exercised a little free speech - is still on the wane, thanks in no small part to so-called libertarians of the right-wing.
And, while some Republicans are complaining that their rhetoric moved "minority" voters and women to the Democrats, it might just be that the real story of this election is the white voters who didn't show up, turned off by both candidates.
But there were victories worth noting, including the election of the first openly gay Senator in Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin (and, despite what this article says, she did not "move to the center" but simply campaigned as a liberal). I'm proud to say that my state voted for marriage equality. So did Maine and Washington. And Minnesota voted down a restriction on gay marriage.
But, "Peter Orszag of Bank Welfare Queen Citigroup is Selling Catfood Futures Hard: The Obama victory was less than 24 hours old when the Rubinite faction of the Democratic party was out full bore selling 'reforming' Social Security as the adult solution to the coming budget impasse, giving it higher priority than any other measure on the table while simultaneously admitting that this is not even a pressing (let alone real) problem. And the worse is that this snakeoil salesmanship, which comes from former OMB director, now Citigrgoup vice chairman of corporate and investment banking Peter Orszag, is almost certainly an Obama trial balloon."
So, there's a long list of issues where we need a real, substantive change in direction and we need to start putting the pressure on right now. By all means put your list in comments to this post. Start talking up expansion (not tweaks!) of Social Security and removal of the cap. (Remember: Most people don't even know there is a cap on SS contributions - make sure they learn about it!) Explain to anyone who will listen that Americans already pay more per person in taxes to maintain our medical system than do the British, and with poorer results. (And that those taxes paid for the superior medical care that foreign rich people come to the Mayo Clinic for.)
Gail Zappa on what Frank said. If you're going to get good fresh people into Congress (and we should), we should start working on that right now. There's another election in two years, and we deserve the choice to vote for people who work for us. Act locally now.
Even Kevin Drum knows that things have gone worse under Obama where things like the no-fly list are concerned.
"Buy American" used to be patriotic. Now, apparently, it's communism.
Your steampunk moment: Cool boots.
Google celebrates Bram Stoker's birthday.