|The most "retweeeted" Tweet in history|
|USA's first openly-gay senator|
|Crazy as a loon|
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." - Todd Akin, MO
"In that horrible situation of rape, [pregnancy] is something God intended." - Richard Mourdock, IN
"Consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry—some girls, they rape so easy." - Roger Rivard, WI
"In cases of rape and incest....I am still 'Pro-Life'" - Joe Walsh, IL
"Having a baby out of wedlock....is similar to rape." - Tom Smith, PA
"...on the rape thing...how does more violence onto a woman's body [such as an abortion] make it better?" - John Koster, WA
"The method of conception [even if it's rape] doesn't change the definition of life." - Paul Ryan, WIToss in the intention of Romney to appoint new Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v Wade and you had the potential for the USA to be brought back many decades in social acuity and enlightenment. It was a scary proposition and I am very glad that so many people recognized the threat and nipped it in the bud. For now.
So why did I say it was a "qualified" sigh of relief? Because the margin of victory, while decent, was nowhere near what it should have been given what was at stake.
I take small comfort in the corollary also being true: the Republicans were almost guaranteeing a victory on Tuesday because they were just that confident in the "horrible" job they said Obama was doing. I guess they were reading their own lies, though, because if the Democrats had been even 50% as terrible as the Republicans were making them out to be, then this should have been a cake-walk. The fact that they lost should make them take a step back and try to figure out why. If they realize that their hate-filled diatribes alienated too many of those in the "mushy middle", then they might be a force in the next election. But if early commentary is any sign, the GOP might yet not be ready to unhitch their fortunes from the disastrous Tea Party platform.
And that might be the best news the Democrats, the States and North America could hear over the next four years.