As someone who was born, grew up, and spent most of my life in Montana, the election of John Tester to the US Senate was the highlight of a good election night last week.
Montana has a history of progressive leaders from Jeanette Rankin, the first woman in congress to senators Mike Mansfield and Lee Metcalf. It's good to see that tradition re-affirmed. Hopefully the anger with the war in Iraq will make for some substantive changes.
What is interesting is the role religion played in the victories last week. The Catholic vote swung to the Democrats. And the mainline Protestant vote is becoming a part of the dem coalition while evangelicals remained true to the GOP.
The moral issues were much broader, including religious efforts to increase the minimum wage. While this is good news, there are pitfalls for the religious left, in the midst of these victories. But for now I'm content with the changed landscape.