A dragon by the name of Chevron, breathing a fire fueled by Citizens United and $3.1 million in cash, succumbed to the people of the tiny city of Richmond, California.
If you haven't been following the news, Hagel announced his resignation from the top civilian Pentagon post on Nov. 24, reportedly at Obama's request.
The procession of about 1,000 included street theater, giant parade puppets, and musicians and ended at the stage set at the gates of the base.
The time for licking election wounds is over, but as many factors came into play, lessons are still being drawn from the setbacks.
Right after the election, Bera appeared to be trailing Ose by more than 3,000 votes. But on Nov. 19, with nearly all ballots counted, he led by over 1,400.
There were local and geographical peculiarities, but when an election was as uniformly one-sided as this one was, deeper explanations are required.
"There's no way around it, losing the Senate is a tough blow for all of us hoping to see a progressive agenda enacted."
Democrats faced a bleak day-after with the Republican takeover of the Senate and resounding GOP victories on the state level.
Republicans thought they could use this to boost their vote among "supporters of Israel." But Jewish voters continued to vote heavily for Democrats.
The GOP won control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, increased its majority in the House, and won important governors' races around the country.