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GOP feeling the agony of defeat

I can’t wait to find out what Bush has to say in his 1 PM presser. I’ll be heading onto a plane back to NC at that time, so folks let me know what he bleats.

The smell of victory…look at the WingNutDaily poll up now. The faithful haven’t learned anything from the rejection of the fringe element.

What’s your reaction to the results from Election Day?

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Some of the good news…

* Arizona, ARIZONA!

* Openly gay members of Congress who easily retained their seats: Barney Frank (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

* I have to post this again:

Buh-bye, Man-On-Dog.

We are thrilled, ecstatic and overjoyed that Rick Santorum has been thrashed at the polls. His extreme and gratuitous homophobia will no longer pollute the Senate. Good riddance.”
— Matt Foreman, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc.

* Patricia Todd is officially the first out lesbian in the Alabama state house, after a nasty primary battle involving a sad public display black homophobia in the Dem party, she ran unopposed in the general election.

* Deval Patrick‘s gubernatorial win in Massachusetts not only marks the state’s election of its first black chief executive, but Patrick represents the first governor to wholeheartedly support marriage equality. Mitt, we won’t miss ya.

* The first out state senator in NC, Julia Boseman (NC09), handily won in her re-election bid. Incidentally, the NC state house increased its Dem representation, which almost ensures that any amendment bills will die in committee. NC is now surrounded by states with marriage amendments (NC, SC, TN).

UPDATE: I missed this article last night from Katherine Harris’s defeat. Hysterical.:

Republican U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris lost her long-shot quest for the Senate on Tuesday after a gaffe-prone campaign that saw the former Florida election official shunned by her own party chieftains.


…She called the separation of church and state “a lie” and told Baptists, “If you’re not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin.” Staffers deserted her campaign in droves, then portrayed her in newspaper interviews as prone to shrieking fits over minutia such as botched coffee orders.

…Bloggers ridiculed her bosom-flaunting wardrobe and the Palm Beach Post called Harris’ candidacy “one long-running freak show” that did nothing to shake her image as “a partisan banshee.”

“It has been painful and embarrassing to watch the meltdown of Katherine Harris’ campaign for the last 18 months,” said the Bradenton Herald, which is published in her Republican-leaning congressional district.

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That said, along with the passage of the amendments in seven states, it smarts that that the Colorado horror known as Marilyn Musgrave defeated the deserving Angie Paccione, and that the unhinged Michele Bachmann was elected in Minnesota. Bachmann in her victory speech said she would fight for “life, marriage and family life” in Congress. Jeebus.

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The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund released additional great news and interesting stats.

“This is the tipping point election for openly gay candidates,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “We’re proving that qualified, well-prepared candidates matched with committed donors means gays and lesbians can move from having a stake in policy to actually making policy. There’s no reason to sit on the sidelines with our fingers crossed anymore.”

10 Key victories in 2006:

–Patricia Todd, who will represent District 54 in the Alabama State House. Todd is the first openly gay person ever elected to any office in the state.

–Kathy Webb, who will represent District 37 in the Arkansas State House. Webb is the first openly gay person ever elected to any office in the state.

–Henry Fernandez, who won a seat on the Lawrence Township School Board, making him the first openly gay person ever elected to any office in Indiana.

–Al McAffrey, who will represent District 88 in the Oklahoma State House. McAffrey is the first openly gay person ever elected to the Oklahoma state legislature.

–Jolie Justus, who will represent District 10 in the Missouri State Senate. Justus is the first openly gay state senator in Missouri history.

–Ed Murray, who will represent District 43 in the Washington State Senate. Murray, a former state representative, is the first openly gay state senator in Washington history.

–Matt McCoy, who becomes the first openly gay candidate ever elected to the Iowa legislature. McCoy, a sitting state senator, came out during his last term.

–Ken Keechl, who won a seat on the Broward County Commission in Florida, beating an appointee of Gov. Jeb Bush.

–Jamie Pedersen, who becomes the third consecutive openly gay person to be elected to represent District 43 in the Washington State House.

–Judge Virginia Linder will join Rives Kistler on the Oregon Supreme Court, making it the first state ever to have two openly gay Supreme Court Justices, according to preliminary results.

Key Statistics About Victory-Endorsed Candidates in 2006

Total Victory-endorsed candidates: 88 (55 non-incumbents, 33 incumbents)

Total Victory-endorsed winners: 67

Total Victory-endorsed winners running as openly LGBT for the first time: 36

Percent of Victory Fund bundled money spent on non-incumbent candidates: 80%

Percent of Victory Fund PAC money spent on non-incumbent candidates: 91%

States that elected their first-ever openly LGBT officials: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana

States that elected their first-ever openly LGBT state legislators: Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma

7 States that still have no openly LGBT elected officials at any level of government: Alaska, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia

13 additional states that still have no openly LGBT state legislators: Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming

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Servicemembers Legal Defense Network looks forward to a Congress more receptive to the repeal of
DADT.

“We now know that every co-sponsor of legislation to repeal Dont Ask, Don’t Tell’ who sought re-election appears to have been successful, with just one outstanding race in Connecticut yet to be decided. And we also know this: Support for lifting the ban did not cause voters to reject any candidate. According to Gallup, nearly 4 out of 5 Americans support gays serving openly in the military. America is ready for change.

The new doors that have opened, however, do not necessarily translate into certain, or fast, victory. Much work remains to be done, to educate both new and returning lawmakers. Consensus on important issues comes through bi-partisan efforts and smart strategy that brings together both sides of the political aisle SLDN is proud that 123 Members of Congress – both Republicans and Democrats – have co-sponsored the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, an amazing number for any bill’s first introduction. Tuesday’s vote provides a significant opportunity to bring new allies from both parties into that coalition.

The new leadership in the House of Representatives will provide new opportunities to educate our elected leaders about the importance of repealing the military’s �Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel. Legislation to repeal this unfair and un-American law will be re-introduced in the 110th Congress, and SLDN looks forward to working with the new leadership for its passage.

SLDN congratulates our allies who won election on Tuesday, and we look forward to building new bridges and working with new leaders in Congress to fight for the freedom to serve.”

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