In November, Republicans were humiliated at the polls, despite circumstances and funding that should have favored them.
That signals a historic transition. It clearly shows a changing nation--a smarter nation--beginning to turn away forever from privileged, patriarchal, entitled white male conservatives and their failed, increasingly stale and dated ideologies. The Romneys of this world have simply become... uncool. And more and more people are realizing that.
Setting aside all factual and policy issues at hand, people are just turned off by the irrepressible nuances of condescension, the silent rays of smugness and divine right, that leak out of people like Romney despite their every effort to ingratiate themselves.
The November 2012 election foreshadows the end of the Republican Party, the Tea Party, and the final demise of the ghostly undead spirit of the Confederacy that still haunts the South. It will be another generation before that process plays out entirely, but we passed the tipping point on November 6.
There may never be another white male President. That might be a good thing.
As America continues its slow transition to a more modern, European style, socialized democracy, we can look ahead with optimism now to an enduring dynasty of agile, intelligent progressive leadership holding executive power, outmaneuvering a less-intelligent, dying right wing that has clearly become its own worst enemy, and that is now in its twilight, being left behind by history.