The LGBT community has been blamed, cajoled, insulted, courted, and ignored depending on whether our votes and dollars are needed, yet when it comes time for real leadership on issues that matter to basic, day-to-day rights, we are told to wait.
With the current political stalemate, President Obama cannot possibly succeed in his ambitious agenda. But there is something he can do, long-term, to give us a Congress actually intent on resolving our problems.
Obama called Giants manager Bruce Bochy to congratulate him on the team's World Series victory. The conversation was no doubt perfunctory, but the sports-minded president would have done well to ask the Giants skipper for advice.
The result of this election is not an endorsement neither of a right-wing agenda. The Democrats actually did much better than they should have if the talk of an electorate that has turned against a "big government" agenda is really accurate.
When the postmortem is finished, don't be surprised if it looks like California survived the Republican wave because its candidates remembered to talk to the voters who were likely to vote for them in the first place.
Since the polls closed on Tuesday night, we've seen a rash of analysts focusing on a single vote or characteristic shared by a group of House candidates, without considering the context of those members' districts.
Barack Obama has sometimes "disappointed," but he has not "failed." And only those who confuse politics and magic, regretting that he did not transform his country and the world in the wink of an eye, can speak of "failure."
We typically like the idea of two sides locking horns and compromising on the matters of the day. But the era when Republicans would compromise with a Democratic president is long gone. Welcome, everyone, to the suck that never ends.