That, my friends (tip of the hat to McCain there), was quite a night. Most of my hopes were riding on Obama, and he delivered in more ways than one. Watching a smart, confident man address the nation last night as our leader was so breathtaking. Forget about the racial issues, forget about red vs. blue- we have a president who is strong, calm, and smart as hell. Feels good. I feel like my country and I are back on the same page.
As I've mentioned here before, I had a lot more riding on the results of last night's elections than the presidential race. I had friends and relatives running for Kansas offices. That went well, but not perfectly. My good friends Tony Brown and Tom Holland won state rep and state senate seats, respectively. Unfortunately, my uncle narrowly lost his bid to go back to the state house. My uncle is a republican, and I guess he got swept away in the democratic wave. It's really a shame. He's such a good man, and he would have been such a positive force for education in our state.
On a personal level, there was a local issue I was very involved in- a school bond issue. Early returns didn't look good, but it did pass by 300 votes (of about 4000 cast). Despite Obama's great night, the bond passing was the most emotional moment for me. When we got the word, I hugged my wife and all the bond supporters around me as I teared up. I'm really proud of my community. We had a lot of things working against us: the economy, the fact that we put the bond out there on a presidential election day. Still, our town saw the value for kids, and did the right thing.
I'll be back soon with nonsense about comic art or tv shows, or movies, or whatever.
PS- Huge props to Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com. We was my life raft when I got depressed about the presidential election, and he nailed it. I shoulda had complete faith in Nate the whole time... would have saved me a lot of stress!