Time to assess the 2012 election:
• The American labor movement, whose volunteers made hundreds of thousands of phone calls and house visits in support of victorious Democratic candidates.
• Sen. Patty Murray, who took on the unpopular task of defending 23 Democratic seats in the U.S. Senate. Not only were all successful, but she also picked up two more.
• Small donors to Democratic Senate and House candidates, many of whom won against an overwhelming financial advantage on the Republican side.
• Nate Silver, the operator of the 538 blog for successfully predicting all winners with the exception of the Democratic Senate winner in North Dakota.
• TV viewers: No more campaign ads!
• Karl Rove who wasted hundreds of millions of wealthy donor money and did not elect Mitt Romney or achieve a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate.
• The national Republican Party, whose pundits totally miscalled the outcome of the national and many state-level elections.
• Ten one-term Republican tea party House members who all lost after their outrageous statements offending women, unions, minorities and anyone else who stood in the way of their obstructionism.
• Grover Norquist, whose no-tax pledge previously signed by most Republicans appears to be losing support among newly elected and moderate Republicans.
Feel free to make your own list and then forget about elections until next time.