Perhaps conservatives in America, and further afield, ought to be frightened. Everywhere you looked Tuesday night, progressive measures were sweeping aside ideas that Bush's Values Voters railed against in 2004. Gay marriage was approved in Maine. California opted to end the three strikes penal policy that gave life without parole for petty criminals. And Colorado and Washington legalised marijuana. As Slate's Emily Bazelon noted in Political Gabfest, the surprising thing about these measures is not that they were passed, but that they did so with such little fuss.