Every election is the most important election in history because each election tweaks the direction of history.
I don't see any winners in the recent election except the media, who received the money spent in the most expensive election in history. The business of media did quite well. And their business requires division and conflict, which sells their products.
I don't think the billionaires lost. Obama is as much in their pocket as Romney - just a different group of billionaires. And the tea party didn't lose either. They have all the more reason to continue recruiting because they lost. Their hope is: "2016!" And they are already gearing up for it.
Nate Silver certainly won personally. But his win is a win for narrow-minded bigotry and racism. How so? His success was in predicting the election based upon sub-group or demographic analysis. So, now with his analysis and social media, politicians can customize their message to each demographic, each race or cultural sub-group. No longer will politicians be concerned for telling the truth. Rather, they will shape the truth to fit the preconceptions of the various demographics.
The biggest loser is truth itself, as our leaders will increasingly tell us exactly what we want to hear. Each different group will hear a different message catered to garner agreement with some narrow minded preconception or another. The purpose of the campaign is no longer to describe how the candidate will govern. Rather, the sole purpose of the campaign is now to win elections. And winning elections will tend to maintain the status quo. Why would those who currently hold power want to change the structures of power? And anyone who gets elected will have no incentive to change the election process that he or she dominated.