WINNER: Measure 49 Supporters - A convincing win like yesterday is great but we need to remain vigilant. The pro-sprawl, anti-Oregon land use knuckleheads Oregonians in Action have already promised they'll be back. They won't rest until the entire state consists of Ikeas so let's not forget that.
LOSER: Kids Without Health Insurance - the constitutional amendment issue raised by Measure 50 proved troubling even to progressives. I'm sympathetic but as far as I'm concerned that ship has sailed. The constitution's already a mess and we aren't going to fix it without rewriting the whole damn thing.
WINNER: Smokers - although I still get offended when they refer to themselves as a minority. Smoking, like religion, is a choice.
WINNER: $$$ in Politics
LOSER (S): People Who Watch Television in October/ November - We had our own little version of the Harry and Louise ads sponsored by the tobacco industry and I don't think I'm alone in saying they were supremely annoying. I don't know about you but any couple that spends every waking moment sitting at a laptop worrying about baloot initiatives needs to face 30 lashes with a wet noodle. In order for a commercial to be effective it would have to invoke empathy and I HATED that couple too much to identify with their tobacco-industry message.