— Tammy Baldwin(@TammyBaldwinWI) November 7, 2012
Weigel marvels at Tammy Baldwin’s historic win – as both the first openly gay Senator and the first female from Wisconsin:
[It] may be the second-biggest story of the night. Six years ago, Wisconsin voted on one of those gay marriage bans that plagued the land in the post-Goodrich era. All but one county approved the ban. Today, they have the nation’s first openly gay senator, who now has to figure out what she wants to do with that. I’m amazed at how she came in under the radar. … Republicans underestimated her for a year, assuming that Tommy Thompson’s crossover votes would save him. (I don’t blame them!) He won his last election in 1998 by 22 points, and you look at a number like that and you figure you have some loyalty.
It took less than 50 years for the US to go from the first black senator of the modern era to the first black president. How long it will take to get to the first gay president is perhaps less important than being able to imagine that there could be one…. Because of Tammy Baldwin, every morning, that many more children can look in the mirror and see one, too.
(Photo: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) celebrates her victory over Republican candidate Tommy Thompson on November 6, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. By Darren Hauck/Getty Images)