All I can say, folks, is YES!1!1! 53/47 again, baby! Had you asked me the day before, I never would've guessed Maine had it in herb to stand up to the gay "marriage" mob. A friend with whom I was sharing the good news this morning was wearing a black-and-white striped shirt; as I told him, it would've been more appropriate attire had we lost. Unlike Bay Staters, Mainers needn't worry about getting fired for their belief in marriage according to nature. This is as close as traditional marriage can get to a positive victory; as the northernmost state of New England, I expected, and have a feeling most others did too, that once Maine went to the heathens we weren't getting it back. But Fortress New England has been stormed, and Question 1 has earned its place alongside Proposition 8. I suppose something of the Christian knight remains in the New England minuteman yet.
And if that isn't good enough, the Republicans swept the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey. The governor-elect of Virginia, Robert F. McConnell, is a good Catholic who really excites me. Apparently, in his younger years, he resembled yours truly. As you may read in the linked article (keep in mind it's in AP idiom),
At age 34, he wrote a 93-page thesis for his graduate degree that called working women a detriment to society and argued that government was justified in discriminating against gays and unmarried "cohabitators" to shield traditional families.
Naturally, he went on to say his views have changed. My hope-against-hope is that they haven't. Either way, good for him. Meanwhile Christopher J. Christie, a less socially conservative Catholic, won in New Jersey, which really surprised me. While I wish he were more pro-life, I consider him the political equivalent of a Christmas and Easter Catholic, since he's promised to at least veto any gay marriage bills, and is a huge supporter of parochial schooling. However much traditionalists may rightly criticize Christie, and however watered down Catholic schooling has become, keeping more kids out of public schooling could save hundreds, even thousands of souls over the years when you think about it.
On the subject of oversized politicians, things didn't turn out so well in Northampton. How, how did Mary Clare Higgins win a sixth term!! She's been mayor since I was in elementary school, and as I said a few posts ago, she came in second in the primary, but no such luck in the general election. And yes, the Conservative lost in New York's 23rd district, but you can't win 'em all.
Giddy as I am, I am celebrating by sporting my Republican National Committee pin for the day. When I stopped by the Campus Ministry office, a friend and I jacked up some Frank Sinatra- I'm talking "New York, New York". Quite a nice contrast to last year, when Mozart's "Requiem" was more appropriate fare.
[Ah, gotta love it when stars SMOKE!!]