Although Jvwalt has already mentioned it below, this bears repeating…by a woman: with last night’s results, New Hampshire becomes the first state in the nation to have an all-female Congressional delegation and a female Governor.
Wow! It’s been a long-time coming; and it happened in New Hampshire, not in the most progressive state in the nation, our own Vermont.
We only have one woman serving in statewide office and none in Congress!
We couldn’t even manage to elect a highly qualified Democratic woman to the Lt. Governor’s seat, in the most Democratic state in the nation, when her opponent’s strongest argument was that he is a “nice guy.”
If Republicans can be faulted for underestimating the importance of the Hispanic population, Americans as a whole should be ashamed that fully 225 years+ since the nation’s founding, fully half of that founding population, women, are barely represented in elected office.
The deficit is so great that we found ourselves listening to a bunch of white middle-aged men discussing women’s reproductive functions in Congress, to the deliberate exclusion of any female input! Many of these same white middle-aged men have moved biological control of women’s bodies onto their “to-do list,” and we have just witnessed an election that re-litigated women’s rights in an attempt to roll back the clock to the 1960’s.
That one party could so thoroughly hang women out to dry and still retain half the popular vote is simply appalling!
While we must celebrate the victories of Elizabeth Warren and other female leaders, the fact that we must still make special note of gender in those celebrations, just as we note Mr. Obama’s racial diversity, speaks, once again, to the remarkably tattered state of our celebrated American ethos.