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Wahoo — We Rocked It! . . . My Post-Election Musings

Whew, what an election that was! YES, we worked hard. People actually went out and voted. And we elected some pretty kick ass people to lead our country! There’s so much to celebrate, though I must admit, I had my doubts for a while there . . .

I am going to quote an entire paragraph here from Operation MsRepresentation’s Nov. 7th’s Daily Brief — which I don’t really like to do — but I just can’t say it much better than this!

OMG, everyone. What a historic freakin’ election. Since male legislators have been telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies since, like, forever, it all finally seemed to backfire. This election cycle, their anti-women shenanigans motivated us to call them out on their B.S., run for office, and get to the polls and vote. Here are the 3 big takeaways from last night: 1.) Don’t be the guy that tells women how their lady parts work, because you will definitely lose. 2.) New Hampshire has a penchant for making history. 3.) Hella women are headed to the Senate, and you have yourselves to thank.

So on with my actual thoughts . . .

#1) Congratulations Mr. President! Yay – four more years! And as the awesome Feminist Batwoman says “Mitt Romney, oppressive douchebag and plutocrat supreme… Defeated!” (love that by the way!) And of course, we mustn’t forget this gem that I found courtesy of Wonkette — that Romneys transition website was live an entire day after he lost! Oooo-hoo-hoo, the web developer in me had a really good laugh at that one, my friends! 😉

[photo - President Barack Obama with Michelle Obama hugging - Four more years]
#TeamObama – Four more years!

Well here’s another of my favorites, but alas, I can’t embed it because it’s a Getty image and I don’t want to get in trouble. But you can hop on over to BuzzFeed to see it. It’s the whole first family on election night, all holding hands on the stage, after President Obama has won. So cute! 🙂

#2) Not only did we re-elect President Obama to a second term, but we increased the number of women in the U.S. Senate from 17 to a record 20! While that’s still not enough (it should be 50%, as we are 50% of the population, yes??), let’s celebrate for now and we can work on that later.

#3) Elizabeth Warren beat Scott Brown and was elected the first woman U.S. Senator of Massachusetts, in what was formerly the seat held by the late Teddy Kennedy.

[photo - Elizabeth Warren]
Elizabeth Warren
Photo Credit – ElizabethForMA Flickr

#4) Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is not only the first women elected from Wisconsin to serve in the Senate, she is also the first openly lesbian or gay person elected to the Senate. This is a huge victory for the LGBTQ community and I am so happy and excited it has finally occurred!! I mean, it’s about time, right people!

[photo - Tammy Baldwin]
Tammy Baldwin
Photo Credit: ljlphotography on Flickr under Creative Commons

#5) Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is the also first women from her state elected to serve in the Senate, and the first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate.

#6) New Hampshire most certainly went down in history! Not only does the state have a woman governor, but both Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter won their races — which means that New Hampshire has the first ever ALL WOMAN DELEGATION!!

#7) Great job Missourians at keeping Claire McCaskill in office and keeping Todd Akin out of it!

#8) HUGE win for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington!

Marriage Equality Victory!
Source: I shared this photo on Facebook

#9) WEED! Colorado And Washington Just Became The First States To LEGALIZE Marijuana!

And of course, I saw this hilarious quote on facebook:

It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day. Leviticus 20:13 – “if a man lays with another man he should be stoned.” We’ve just been interpreting it wrong all these years.

Here is a doxie doing a happy dance for Obama! Source
Here is a doxie doing a happy dance for Obama! Source

And so, after this glorious election, we do indeed have so much to celebrate! But alas, there is still so much to be done. And so, while the outcome of the elections was what we hoped for, we are not done. We must continue our fight for justice, fairness, access and equality!

[image - Tamara signature]

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