UPDATED: 3:25 PM
As America turned Barack blue on Tuesday, five states went gay in a big way: Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington said yes to marriage equality, Minnesota rejected a ban on same-sex nuptials, and Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate.
Baldwin, who will be the first openly gay person to serve in the Senate, made history. Also historic: The tri-fecta of state victories, which undercut the far right's claim that same-sex marriage is ballot box-office poison -- and could conceivably provide traction for Chris Christie's tactically shrewd call earlier this year for such a referendum in New Jersey.
Tuesday offered other delights; Missouri's rejection of that supposed rape expert, Todd Akin, and re-embrace of Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Massachusetts' decision to dump Sen. Scott Brown for Elizabeth Warren.