Congratulations to the Republicans. They won the governorships of Virginia and New Jersey and defeated gay marriage in Maine.
And that's about it.
"But wait," you say, "there were only two governorships and only one gay marriage law up for election, and the Republicans won them all!" But crowing about those decisions by the electorate of those states is failing to look at the big picture... which I've often pointed out is a common conservative failing.
So what is the "big picture"? Look at the much ballyhooed congressional election in New York's 23rd district. A Democrat hadn't been elected there since 1871 — until now. And then there are two major issues here in Washington state — a major tax 'reform' bill strongly backed by the business folks and conservatives, and an 'everything but marriage' gay rights bill backed by the liberals. We liberals won on both counts. A gay rights bill passed in Kalamazoo, and although Bloomberg won the mayoral race in New York City, it should be noted that it was closer than expected despite his spending $13,000 per hour on his campaign! Talk about buying an election!
But wait, that's not all! In the gubernatorial elections following Dubya's victory in 2000, the Democrats did very well, but did that help us in the 2002 and 2004 elections? Not at all. If the Republicans were wise, they'd remember that.
Back to the big picture. When governorships are up for election, people tend to vote on local issues, not on national issues, and this is reinforced by the results of the exit polls showing that Obama and his policies appear to have had little effect on the decisions of the voters. Not only that, but the failure of the gay marriage bill in Maine (and the success of the gay rights bills elsewhere) only reflected what's been the national trend — gay marriage bills have failed something like 30 consecutive times, but everything-but-marriage gay rights bills have been passing again and again. Can anyone imagine this happening 20 years ago?