On any given election having the candidates I supported elected would be more good news than I expect. This is only the second election where my vote for president actually counts at the electoral college.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Perhaps more significant than the above:
Maryland: Marriage Equality passes!
Maine: Marriage Equality passes!
Minnesota: Marriage equality ban fails!
Washington: Looking good for marriage equality!
To win one would have been more good news than I would have expected. To win three (and probably all four) is amazing beyond words!
I was so giddy with excitement last nights news regarding marriage equality that I had to wake Lauri up to tell her the good news. Then it took another 45 minutes before I settled down enough to be able to go to bed.
To all my family and friends in Maryland and Maine: Thank you! You’ve been amazing!
That’s the good news. While there is far more of it than I would have predicted at the beginning of the day, there are still lots of problems.
I won’t bother to list the ones we heard about for months in election ads. We all know what they are. The ones that I mean are the structural problems built into our political system. The fact that the country elected Obama and sent a much more moderate Senate yet sent a conservative House back to Washington points to more years of gridlock. It also points to how political the House districting system is. The party in power sets up the system to stay in power. It will take 3-4 House elections before this structural inequality has a chance to change based on population movement.
If our political parties don’t learn how to compromise our system is in danger of breaking apart. Politicians need to start representing their constituents and not their parties. This is imperative. John Boehner, in particular, needs to look up the word “compromise” in the dictionary and put it into practice.
Boehner isn’t alone. Both parties are playing Brinksmanship with America. This must end. Remember, all of you work for us. Your job is to govern. Your job is not to scramble for power at the expense of the country.
Hopefully this election will put some of the social issues behind us so we can have a meaningful discussion about the issues facing our country.