A few scattered thoughts from Election Day:
– I am absolutely exhausted, physically and emotionally drained. And I only do this part-time. I think there’s a serious case of blogger burnout going around the entire political blogosphere right now. Sites that normally update two or three times an hour have been barely twitching since Tuesday night. It’s like finishing a marathon and just collapsing on the pavement, unable to take another single step. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
– So when did I start celebrating? Ohio. Obama got an early, pretty much immediate call in Pennsylvania, and that was a very encouraging sign. But Ohio was the first Bush state he flipped. At that point, McCain had no path to 270. And that’s when I started making phone calls.
– I said if Obama won just two out of the following four states, he would be president: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia. He won all four.
– Wow, what a speech. Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau is quickly turning into the Ted Sorenson of our generation. Best line:
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.
Echoes of Martin Luther King’s final sermon there. I also loved the extended Ann Nixon Cooper story, punctuated by this:
So tonight, let us ask ourselves – if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
– Watching the events of Tuesday night unfold– especially the moment the graphic flashed on the screen that said Barack Obama had been elected President of the United States and the cut to the roaring crowds– I can only recall one other day in my life where I felt like I was having a sort of out-of-body “Am I watching a movie here or is this actually happening in the United States right now?” experience: September 11, 2001.
– Best comment of the night belonged to Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo shortly after the race turned into a landslide, mocking the Clintons and the pundits (*cough!* PatBuchanan! *cough!*): “Why can’t Obama close the deal?”
– Best headline Wednesday morning belonged to the Newark, New Jersey Star-Ledger: “Obama Reaches the Mountaintop.” Runner-up, The Anniston Star in Alabama: “In Our Lifetime” (FYI I spent most of the day yesterday downloading front pages from around the world at Newseum).
– Not that anyone is counting, but here’s just one more reason why you want to take me to Vegas. If the results in North Carolina and Missouri hold, I will have picked 49 of 50 states correctly. The lone miss:
Missouri in the Obama column is the prediction I’m most worried about. I think the vote there might look like it did on Super Tuesday, when the state was originally called for Hillary Clinton but was eeked out at the end by Obama.
John McCain leads there by less than 6,000 votes. Here’s another look at the electoral map I predicted, proving once again that my raw gut instinct is in fact the most trusted name in news.