... A Ringing Victory For Liberals Across The Board. - The Atlantic
OBAMA'S BIG NIGHT
From landmark victories for marijuana and same-sex marriage to picking up seats in the Senate, the left gained much more than the presidency Tuesday. Molly Ball - TheAtlantic
1 NOV 7 2012, 1:41 AM ET 81
BOSTON -- Gay marriage won in four states. Two states made marijuana legal. Democrats didn't just keep the Senate in a tough year, they gained seats. And of course, Barack Obama won reelection. Nov. 6, 2012, forecast as the squeaker conclusion to a toss-up race, was not a landslide, but it was a ringing victory for liberals across the board.
* Gay marriage: For the first time, after more than 30 losses, gay marriage won approval at the ballot box. Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington affirmed same-sex marriage, while Minnesota rejected an amendment that would have banned it.
* Marijuana: Amendments legalizing recreational (not merely medical) marijuana use passed in Colorado and Washington, failing in Oregon. They're likely to get tied up in court, but these measures represent the first statewide wins for the marijuana legalization movement.
* Senate: As of 1 a.m., Nevada, Montana and North Dakota were still too close to call, with the Democratic candidate narrowly ahead in all three. But even without those seats, Democrats had swept the table of competitive Senate races, winning such unlikely races as Missouri and Indiana, elevating Elizabeth Warren over Scott Brown in Massachusetts, and with Tammy Baldwin's win in Wisconsin, electing America's first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate. Assuming Maine independent Angus King caucuses with Democrats, they will have picked up at least two Senate seats.
* Obama: In the end, it wasn't particularly close...