Senators Warren and Brown are making a huge difference, showing us that if we get a real live two-fisted fighter for working families in the ring on our behalf, it matters. That is why I decided to get involved in helping Rick Weiland run in South Dakota.
It's one thing for people to come to California and ask for financial help because they're up against tough opposition at home. It is something all-together different when they vacuum up our money but then "take a dive" for the votes that matter most.
Who exactly does the NRA represent -- its card-carrying members who were mostly in favor of expanding background checks or the gun manufacturers who thrive on being able to easily sell their machines of death?
The many losers on the Republican side were to my mind some of the people and groups who have degraded our politics and policies in the worst kind of way. But there is one other set of people and groups who lost in this election.
This week saw a historic election for women, both on the ballot and at the ballot box. Women who run for office today will inspire more of our young women and girls to do so in the future, so we can one day get to 51 percent representation.
The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.