Oregon wins, America loses -- for now
Measure 92, requiring labeling of foods with GMO ingredients, remains too close to call; it may yet squeak by, despite the big money spent to defeat it.
Best of all, we passed Measure 91; we will join Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana to be taxed and regulated, like any other commercial product.
I don't have much to say about the national election results. Others will be providing mountains of analysis (and throwing blame around, which I'm especially uninterested in doing). I do want to call your attention to the big picture:
1) Like 2010, this was just another case of Republicans winning because turnout was low. When not enough people vote, this is what happens.
2) The polls were right. They generally are. People who sit around thinking up reasons why the polls are wrong are just setting themselves up for disappointment.
3) This is a setback, not a disaster. Obama still has the veto pen. Nothing good will happen in the next two years, but probably not much bad will happen either.
4) In 2016 the fundamentals will favor us as much as they favored the enemy this year. We will keep the Presidency, take back the Senate, and probably win much more besides.
5) Above all, the inexorable demographic changes in our country make long-term victory inevitable. Democratic-leaning groups -- Hispanics, single women, and above all the non-religious -- grow year by year, while Republican-leaning groups shrink. Yes, things feel terrible right now, but in a few years we'll all look back on this as little more than a speed bump.
Let the bad guys gloat for now. Our time will come.