My grown son in California tells me that people there are saying the same-sex marriage proposition lost on Tuesday because of the increased numbers of African-American and Latino voters who turned out for Obama.

How's that for an unintended consequence of electing a liberal president?

It makes one wonder if the African-American community, which has generally been more conservative on "moral" issues, is going to speak with a great deal more confidence now. Could it be that, at long last, many black voters will no longer feel beholden to the party's (largely white) liberal wing?

Could Obama's election actually be the catalyst for moderating the social policies of the Democratic Party?