How last night looks to an independent in a swing state: despite herculean efforts on the part of both parties to polarize the electorate, the vote trended purple, not red, not blue.
Most elections went to the incumbent, including the presidency. The Democrats have a couple more US senators; the Republicans retain a solid majority in the House. Republicans now occupy 30 governors' mansions across the nation, a pickup of one.
The Democrats held on to one US Senator slot in Wisconsin, after losing the other in 2010. In the same state, the Republicans once again won 5 out of 8 contests in the US House of Representatives. At the state level, Republicans solidified their control of all three branches of government.
My advice to Democrats: give us the same old same old, and the country may well shift decisively in the other direction in 2014, as it did in 2010. Assuming, of course, that the GOP learns to field credible candidates, rather than has-beens like Tommy Thompson and nutcases like Akin and Mourdock.
My advice to Republicans: stop believing your own sad rhetoric about the 47%. Misanthropes deserve to lose elections.
My advice to Republican friends who consider the Bible to be the quintessential rule of faith and practice: take Psalm 72 to heart, and start making a case for smart government, not: the less government, the better.