Hillary Clinton's or Sanders' election as president might well ensure a left of center bent on the Supreme Court. But even a flip of the Senate into Democratic hands would not unshackle residents in many states from regressive laws enacted by state legislatures and signed by doctrinaire conservative governors.
For most of his political career, Congressman Mike Coffman took a hard-line position against any rape or incest exception to his anti-abortion stance. But facing a tough reelection campaign in 2013, he issued a statement that he favored such exception. But he's never explained why his position changed.
Last year, Colorado voters defeated by a 2-1 margin a "personhood" amendment that aimed to outlaw all abortions and many forms of birth control. A similar bill in deep-red North Dakota also went down in flames at the ballot box. So that means that abortion rights are safe in America, right? Sadly, no.
The best thing Republicans had going for them in this election was the fact that they weren't in the same party as President Obama. But it would be a huge mistake for them to act as though this was an endorsement of their policies -- a mistake they seem likely to make. A mistake that seems destined to be part of the 2016 Republican autopsy.