One must search to find brights spots in last night’s election, like the victory of Tom Torlakson in California and the defeat of the anti-teacher constitutional amendment in Missouri.

Bruce Rauner, the charter-smitten billionaire, was elected Governor in Illinois. Early in his campaign, he proposed lowering the minimum wage. Scott Walker was re-elected Governor of Wisconsin. Rick Scott was re-elected in Florida. There were many more such victories for people who hold the public sector in contempt and believe in Social Darwinism. It was a bad night for those who hope for a larger vision of the common good, some vision grander than each one on his own.

American history and politics are cyclical. It may require the excesses of this time to bring a turn of the wheel. It’s always darkest just before dawn.