11/07/2012 01:00 am ET Updated Jan 06, 2013

Women Win the Senate and More

With Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow and Tammy Baldwin now the projected winners in their Senate races, women can claim a major victory tonight. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota wasn't a favorite -- ominously, New York Times statistician wunderkind Nate Silver gave her just a 10 percent chance of winning -- but she's an incredibly decent person running against a schmucky guy, and she is holding her own. You might remember that she had to cope with a breast cancer diagnosis near the end of her bid for governor in 2000.

All of these women project a modest work ethic, a true commitment to the people they govern, and a willingness to fight for what they believe.

If the war on women can be judged by the women who fight for us in the Senate, at least this battle has been won tonight.