Rachel Maddow lays it out:
What we stopped:
We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade. There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this Court.
We’re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody is going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance. […]
We are not going to give a 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kids’ health insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut.
We’re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan you’re on. We are not going to redefine rape. We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay people from getting married.
We are not going to double Guantanamo. We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of Education or housing at the federal level. We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the military does not want.
We are not scaling back on student loans, because the country’s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.
We are not vetoing the Dream Act. We are not self-deporting. We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt. We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January. […] We are not going to have a foreign policy stocked with architects of the Iraq War.
We are not going to do it. We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that as a country. And we said no, last night, loudly. […]
What we gained:
So last night, the Democratic senator who was supposed to be the most endangered incumbent in the country not only won, she won by 16 points.
Republican senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, who was so stuffed with hedge fund money that he burped credit default swaps […] lost by a lot to the nation’s foremost authority on the economic rights of the middle class.
After marriage rights for same-sex couples were voted down in state after state after state for years, more than 30 times in a row, this year, all change. In Maine, they voted on marriage equality and they voted for it. In Maryland, they voted on marriage equality and they voted for it. In Minnesota, they were asked to vote against marriage equality, and Minnesota refused to ban it. […]
Nevada elects its first African-American congressman this year. America gets our first openly gay United States Senator. America gets our first-ever Asian American woman senator from Hawai’i. Her seat in the House, I should note, gets filled by this woman, a Democratic Iraq War veteran. […] Speaking of Iraq War veterans, Tammy Duckworth, veteran helicopter pilot, she lost both of her legs in Iraq — she is going to Congress, and she is sending home the opponent who mocked her for her war record […]
California relaxed its “Three Strikes You’re Out” law and rejected a law to cripple the political power of unions. Decriminalization of marijuana was approved in Washington and in Colorado. […]
All of those states that went so red in state government in these past couple of years and that then had these big fights inside their states over how Republicans were governing there — in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and we will see about Florida, last night not only did Republicans lose the presidential election in every single one of those states, Republicans lost the Senate race in every single one of those states too. […]
Last night, Democratic women swept every major office in New Hampshire. Last night, California Democrats won a Democratic supermajority in the state house and in the state senate. Not just majorities in California, but supermajorities, wherein, if the Republicans don’t turn up […] they’re completely legislatively irrelevant. […]
More women got elected to the U.S. Senate than at any time in U.S. history. […] West Virginia chose its first gay state legislator. So did North Dakota. […] The proportion of young people voting compared to 2008 […] went up. Same with African-Americans, up from 2008. Same with Latinos, up from 2008 […]
And, oh yeah, this happened. President Barack Obama, yes, will go down in history as our nation’s first African-American president. But he will also go down in history as the most successful Democratic presidential candidate since FDR. President Bill Clinton got re-elected too, I know, but only Barack Obama got re-elected with not just big electoral college margins, but also with majority wins in the popular vote — twice.
As substantial as this list is, there’s more. Watch the whole thing to see Maddow’s take on why the country needs Republicans to come to their senses, burst their bubble of self-delusion, and join the rest of the country in proposing real solutions to real problems.
Big night, indeed.