(I love the internet)
I spent the evening at an election party at the house from which our local efforts have been run recently. Amazing. Whole cross section of america in there - old to young, a full spectrum of colors, and not a dry eye in the house during President-Elect Obama's acceptance speech. That's what I want my president to sound like. Powerful, eloquent, elite and inclusive.
The amazing thing about this race was that he pulled in hundreds of thousands of people from all states - even in states where Democrats don't usually put up a fight - and empowered his campaign staff to make magic. Obama didn't just pay lip service when he said "it's not about me; it's about all of us." I know darn well that it wouldn't have happened without him, but how great is a leader that makes you important too? The great dignity of that brings tears to my eyes. These campaign staffers empowered the campaign workers. Every single person at this party knew in their heart that the work they did was part of the win. Whether 2 hours on the phone, living and breathing the election, or giving up their house to hundreds of strangers because their just-too-young-to-vote son said they had to get involved, we all sat there feeling important. And vastly relieved. And proud of our country. And our hearts grew three sizes today.
Prop 8 is still too close to call but is not looking good for our heroes. I'd like to propose that any church that passed out yes signs during or within an hour of regular services lose their tax exempt status. Regardless of the outcome.
But damn. I'm really, really happy about our next president who described his wife first and foremost as his best friend.
Even some future voters are exited.