I'm happy with this. I'd wanted to see Bush's head on a stick as the cheerful crowds chanted outside the Whitehouse, but I guess we can't always get what we want. The electoral college votes have given Obama an overwhelming advantage, but even the gap in the popular vote tally was wide. The overwhelming support of Obama in the Pacific states (to include Hawaii) was particularly heartening. Republican commentators have tried to put a good spin on all this, saying that these things move in cycles, but they've got their work cut out for them this time around. We seem to be witnessing an emerging demographic of young voters who have witnessed first-hand the destructiveness of Republican economic policies and are unimpressed with all the psuedo-religious issues, millionaire plumbers, and oversized flag pins of the right. And as for Palin, I don't even think she'll be able to arouse derision in four to eight years.
One thing is clear: the election represents a clear repudiation of the Republican's national plan to mortgage the country to the super-rich. Unfortunatetly, Obama wil have only reduced scope to do anything after he inherits the empty coffers of the Shrubian misadministration, but at least there's some hope that something will change. As bad as the last eight years have been, I'm quite willing to give up the steaming crap that I've been handed and trade it in for whatever's behind Door 2 (or Door 3 or Door 4 . . . )