At about 9:45 p.m. in California, two of my electoral hopes for the day that I mentioned earlier have come true — Obama won (rather convincingly at that), and Dole lost. Good luck scraping up your honor, Senator Dole.
I was moved my McCain's speech. He reminded me of why I have liked him in the past, why I favored him for President in 2000, and what the better angels of his nature empower him to be. It was one of the most gracious — and substantively gracious — concession speeches I have ever seen. Good for him.
I started out unimpressed with Obama's speech — the first half struck me as banal and inadequate to the occasion. But the second half was memorable, both in delivery and substance. And Obama's famous self-possession — now renowned to the point of cliche — shone through, both during the speech and afterwards. He looked like a man ready to face the challenges before him. I pray he is.
As I write, California Proposition 8 is winning by about 8 points with 22% of the vote counted. That would be a bitter pill to swallow if it passes. If it does, I will console myself that it represents the past, and that the youth vote on the issue (which very strongly favors marriage equality) is the future.
It's good to be back blogging with you again.
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