California shows that deep political and governance deadlocks can be broken, and progress made. This holds a lesson both for the national government but also for other states. Maybe, the rest of us outside the state ought to pay attention.
So welcome to hunting, young hipsters: We need your energy and fresh perspectives to invigorate our graying and reactionary ranks. And don't worry if you occasionally offend the Old Guard -- time is on your side.
Demographic trends suggest that this paradigm shift will only loom larger in the years to come. The implications of this change should not be underestimated; this is an incredible moment for progressive politics, and 2012 simply marks the beginning.