Last night was pretty epic, and you know I'm not talking about the number of cookies, chips and cups of coffee I consumed while channel surfing in a room full of NE Ohio political bloggers (all who lean left, while our state went right!).
Where to begin the recap? For a quick hit on the races monitored by BlogHers, check in Sarah Granger's all-in-one election watch list of races and issues. That entry includes scores of links to specific BlogHer posts on individual state races at many statewide levels (House, Senate, Governor).
If you're interested in women, check out Rutgers' Center for American Women in Politics. They have several ways to view information but you can also make your own scorecard with this tool. I like the summary of women candidates' document (here) for a good overview of the raw numbers of women who engaged in the 2010 cycle. And if you're looking for other women blogging the election, look to BlogHer's multipartisan must-read list.
For a review of how the state legislatures are looking, the National Conference of State Legislatures is the definitive source. You can check your own state in addition to seeing the country's trend. The NCSL Women's Legislative Network has numbers up that they caution are just prelimary due to undecided races still out there, but the numbers so far show a large loss of women in seats in our statehouses across the country. However, while the Democratic women lost more than 200 seats, Republican women gained more than 100.
Are you interested in knowing how Sarah Palin's involvement affected races? The Washington Post has this tracker. It shows that she endorsed men and women with connections to the tea party and establishment. This CBS analysis of her impact says,
Though it's been 15 months since Palin stepped down as Alaska governor, she was very much in this election, stumping for candidates across the country, skewering President Obama at every turn.
"My observation of Sarah Palin," says CBS News political analyst Nicolle Wallace, "is that she is one of the shrewdest political figures in our country at this moment. She's also one of the most electric."
As for just the "mama grizzlies," the reviews indicate a mixed bag of performances. The Daily Beast reviews' discusses the variances across several races, while the New York Times' The Caucus Blog exclaims, "Palin Proves That "Mama Grizzly" Has Bite." You can find links to the full list of SarahPAC-endorsed candidates in this post at the Washington Posts' Who Runs Gov.
Self-funders, generally speaking, did not do well. Two men, Rick Scott in Florida and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, are exceptions, but the women self-funders lost -- Linda McMahon in Connecticut's Senate race, Carly Fiorina in the California Senate race and Meg Whitman in that state's gubernatorial competition. OpenSecrets.org should have a 2010 matrix available eventually, but you can see from the 2008 and prior versions, self-funding mostly funds the run, not the win.
Finally, for some ruminating, which is sure to continue and expand for days, weeks and months, here's a short selection that highlights how the women might affect leadership selection and diversity issues:
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