So, Hillary won California (the split between North & South California was really interesting, with Clinton winning most of SoCal pretty handily, and Obama doing the same in the better part of the Golden State.) Strangely, I'm a little sad about her victory. I still think she is the more substantive candidate, and the most electable.
Still, water cooler talk here at work sort of gave me a first hand look at the way Obama has energized the electorate. Several people were so excited to vote for him, and will no doubt be sad today. I can't say I feel the same way about Hillary. It was a calculated vote, with no passion behind it.
A friend who came to boardgame night last night was also a poll worker, and he was telling stories of precincts that had so many independents wanting to vote for Obama that they were photocopying provisional ballots (which the lawyers in the campaign must love to hear..) and judges were ordering some areas to stay open until 10PM or later because they ran out of ballots. Even though I still hate the phrase "audacity of hope" I can still respect and look wistfully at how excited people are about Obama. I wish I could feel that way about Hillary.
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