Did I mention that this story was the result of a compromise between myself and the editors? Hence, enough exposition to choke something that you would think would have a hearty appetite for exposition, and the Cliff Notes staccato of the panel transitions.
As far as yesterday's election: no, apparently we can't stop acting like jackasses, even for a day. Or, at least, not for the day that mattered. Every state with a discrimination amendment on the ballot passed it, except Arizona (Arizona? Who knew?). The good news is that Project: Gridlock seems to be underway. And there's still hopes that Aspirational Redneck, George Allen, has seen the end of his political ambitions.