Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, is, while not the best,
almost certainly the most impressive and unexpected survivor of Tuesday night, and a political Time Lord.
It really is remarkable.
I should point out that, while I know he's fairly unpopular, I have a personal connexion to the man. My grandfather was involved with him when he was a Gaming Commissioner (at the time grandfather had a stake in keeping Nevada gambling aboveboard because of some investments that I don't really understand).
Also remarkable are the victories of Lincoln Chafee and Peter Shumlin for Governors of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and Vermont, respectively. Both are personal friends of my mother and aunt (not my grandfather in this case!) and both faced steep odds.
We lost a lot on Tuesday. But we didn't lose everything. For as bad as parts of the last two years were...for as bad as much of the next two years will be...there's still a lot to be done. Nobody on the Left in this country--or the non-corporate, non-batshit-insane Right, for that matter--can afford to give up now, of all times.
And even Speaker Boehner isn't as bad as the indescribable toxic cloud of Smug that follows Eric Cantor around.Keep the faith.