While many pundits may speak primarily about elections held in Virginia, North Carolina and California, with the lefties saying that incumbents winning is something new (maybe it is for them) and the righties saying it doesn't really matter (which is true but not in the ways they think it is) the really real news happened in a small Pennsylvania town.
The rallying cry for the far, far-right wing Christians has been 'put God back in schools' (as if He was ever really kicked out). Well, I've got an old line and a new line for this debate. The old one "Give to Ceasar what is Ceasar's and give to God what is God's." Sort of a ringing endorsement of keeping Church and State seperate, from the mouth of the Carpenter in Chief Himself. My new line: Put God Back in Churches. We live in a plural society where we have just as many different Christian faiths as non-Christian ones. Faith is an intensely personal decision. Picking a primarily evangelical creation story to teach in publicly funded science classes not only makes me mad as an American but also as a Catholic.
Though I have advocated, in the past, the teaching of a 'Creation Mythology' class in schools (combining the mythos of ancient cultures, today's religions and evolution side by side - and as a historian, still something I do think is a good idea), I have learned recently - by attending seminars at St Williams Catholic Church no less, that intelligent design is not science and therefore has no place in a science class. I have also learned that, contrary to the backlash mythology of the Christian right, that evolution is not the science of how life on Earth was created.
Seems the population of small town America seems to agree. As far as elections taking the pulse of the nation, this one was IMHO by far the most important. Clean sweep at the ballot box.