I have a good friend who happens to be a right-leaning Independent. She sometimes votes red, sometimes blue. This was a red year for her; 2008, a blue year. She texted me last night around midnight, furious with the Republicans, furious with FOX news. "They need to have a serious re-think," she told me, "if they don't want to soon become irrelevant as a party."
Take a look around you, Republicans. I know you want to take us back to the glory days of the 1950s when everything was right with the world; when women were seen and not heard, and men wore the pants in the family. When homosexuality was a subject best left in the closet and under the rug, and immigrants to this country were who your grandparents were, and not your next door neighbors. When the world was large the enemy was an obvious "them."
The world has changed, and seemingly over night. All you have to do is look at the referenda and propositions that passed in last night's decisive victory. Just two years ago, a marriage equality proposition was a Democrat killer on any ballot; last night, marriage equality is now a reality in several new states. Two states passed laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. And the Tea Party agenda can now (hopefully) slink off to where it belongs, as a dark and minor footnote in American history.
We are a nation of the center — center left at times, center right at others. And the Democrats seem to get that more than the Republicans do right now. The question is, will the Republicans continue to delude themselves as FOX News seemed to last night? Only time will tell. I can't wait to hear Minority Leader McConnell's first words. But there is nothing to suggest that he will do anything other than what he's done the past two years: to use the filibuster as a bludgeon to obstruct and hold the will of the people — the majority — hostage.
Whatever Senator McConnell says, Vice President Biden's response must be to change the Senate filibuster rules on the very first day in session. Because the days of the minority holding the country hostage are over. The American people spoke last night, loudly and clearly.