Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs. - Rosie Perez as Gloria in White Men Can't Jump
This is not a consolation to the left. This is just simply to point out how complete their hold on the current political climate is. There are conservatives, who supposedly are on the right hand side and value tradition blah blah blah, who are trumpeting their first black female congresswoman, their first openly gay elected congressman, the youngest congresswoman ever, and then there is South Carolina.
South Carolina was the first state to secede a little over 150 years ago. John C. Calhoun hailed from South Carolina. It was a hotbed for rebel fever that would not subside even after all hope had been lost until Gen. Sherman and his forces stomped through there after his march to the sea. Just last night, South Carolina elected three Republicans to state wide office. The GOP is associated with all that old hateful, Confederate imagery (at least in Democrat campaign flyers and in the media). Those conservative voters re-elected an Indian (Asian) as Governor, a black male as US Senator, and a confirmed bachelor as US Senator; all representatives of the coalition of victims the left cobbles together.
Dominance: When your opponent still has to find symbols to vocally boast about to meet your approval instead of electing the symbols they would prefer that reflect their core identification.