No matter what your reaction to yesterday’s elections here in the States is, please take a moment tonight to join me in raising a pint to John Hickenlooper, the next governor of my home state of Colorado. Not just because Hick is a really good guy. Nor even because he knows how to make some really good beer.

Instead, raise a glass to Hickenlooper for starting his campaign with a pledge to avoid negative attack ads, and actually sticking to it. And also because the ads he did run were a cut above your average political shilling.

So, here’s to you, Governor Hickenlooper. (Now, if only this glass was filled with some Rail Yard.)