November 5th, 2008


Oh Shit, Obama's the BLACK Guy?

Man, it was a bad night to be a Republican. Not that I am one, but I felt a little bad for them. Last I saw, Obama had racked up 338 electoral votes, roughly twice McCain's tally. Not quite a landslide, especially when compared to Reagan in '84, but damn close to it in feeling. I thought it was going to be more of a squeaker, but suddenly, as we neared 11 o'clock, and Keith Olbermann was talking about how the next hour might bring some news, or maybe it wouldn't, BAM -- the entire West Coast -- California, Oregon, Washington -- suddenly went blue, and that was it, Obama was the president elect. He eventually won Florida and Virginia, which was amazing enough, but even more incredibly, by then he didn't need to.

The Republicans lost a ton of seats in the House and Senate, too. As I said, a bad night to be a Republican.

McCain's concession speech was gracious and classy, I thought. Obama's acceptance speech was electrifying. The sense of history was enormous as I sat watching the results with friends at awv2006's apartment. When Obama won, we did shots and rang cowbells. This night will be taught in history textbooks, and we -- you, me, all of us -- were there.

(We didn't just watch MSNBC, we also flipped over to CNN because we wanted to see the holodeck, and Fox, where the atmosphere was positively funereal. I'm not saying that to be partisan. There were, seriously, dark suits, lowered voices, generally dour demeanors, and at one point Brit Hume actually said about Obama in what I'm sure was the night's craziest bit of analysis, "Yeah, he may be dangerous, but you can't help but like him.")

Outside, there was cheering, hooting, fireworks, cars honking. I'd never heard that before. For a sporting event, sure, but never for a political election. That was truly amazing.

The whole night was.

An Open Letter to Obama Supporters on My Friends List

Dear Internet,

Yes, he's a politician. Yes, the Democrats are as greedy and corrupt as the Republicans.

But you know what?

It's okay to be happy once in a while. It's okay to let yourself smile, clap, jump up and down, and hope for a better future under new leadership. Even if it's only for one day.

Honestly, sometimes I worry that you're seriously depressed, the way you feel the need to temper your excitement with qualifiers about how everything is still going to suck forever.


P.S. And don't even get me started on those of you who are now publicly fretting and biting your nails, convinced he's going to be assassinated before your very eyes every time he's on TV. Jesus Christ.