Ah, I can't stay up late tonight, so I thought I would end the suspense and just call this election early.
My thoughts, at this historic moment? Thanks for not asking, I'll tell you anyhow.
Obama was a strong candidate who had quite a bit of good fortune in running after an extremely unpopular Republican administration; and it was the financial crisis that gave him a landslide victory.
The big picture is that Obama inherits leadership of a nation with grave problems, and he will need another few servings of luck to go with his talent if he's going to make a big difference in setting things right.
The small picture is, today is a good day for race relations.
Thank goodness that after today I will never have to listen to another European lecture me on how incurably racist America is.
Of course it is _ and so is every European country, especially the Netherlands. America is several decades ahead in coming to terms with that problem. Call it our 'original sin'.
What a transformation the U.S. has undergone since WWII. Still, if Obama hadn't come along now, it might have been another 50 years (who knows) before a black person were elected.
But now that he has come, it's inevitably going to be a watershed: after this, anything is possible.
So, congratulations and good luck to you Obama. I give you one day for a media honeymoon, and then it's time to get cynical. You are a politician after all.
Condolences to John McCain. I wish I knew what the world would look like now if you had won the Republican nomination back in 2000, when you coulda woulda maybe shoulda.