Il Mondo Cambia!

partito-democraticoItaly’s Democratic Party (Partito Democratico) calls this world-changing election la vittoria della esperanza – the victory of hope.

Italian commentator Walter Veltroni adds: “L’America sembra aver preso la strada giusta, questa notte rimarrà nella storia. (America seems to have taken the right road; this night will remain in history.)”

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The important four-year-old demographic

henryvotesMy nephew went to his mom’s polling place this Tuesday, too, sample ballot and red voting marker in hand.  Though he was apparently not entirely clear on who he wanted to vote for, he was pretty certain that he knew who he was voting against.

NARAL’s support helped President Obama

Okay, so it could be just a coincidence…

  • NARAL Pro-Choice volunteers contacted over 290,000 households to make them aware of Senator McCain’s abysmal voting record on women’s rights.
  • Obama prevailed in all eight battleground states where NARAL contacted voters on his behalf.
  • I wore my lucky blue voting socks and didn’t wash my hair.

Say it with me one more time:  President Obama.  Pres-i-dent O-ba-ma.  Mmmmm.

Condoleezza Rice “revels” in Obama victory

ROMANIA-NATO-SUMMIT-BUSH-RICEFrom The Huffington Post:

An emotional Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reveled Wednesday in Barack Obama’s election, calling it an “extraordinary step forward” for the nation.

A child of the segregated deep South who became the highest-ranking African-American woman ever in American government and was once considered a potential Republican presidential nominee, Rice called the Democratic president-elect “inspirational” and said his victory was proof of America’s promise.

“This was an exercise in American democracy of which Americans across the political spectrum are justifiably proud,” she said.

International reaction

Barack supporters in Obama, Japan

Barack supporters in Obama, Japan

From The Economist:

It is a remarkable, and historic, achievement.

From the BBC:

…the result [will] have a profound impact on the US.

From Al Jazeera:

I think through divine intervention, good luck or whatever, Obama has it wrapped up.  We can go to sleep now and wake up on Nov. 5 to a President Obama in the Oval Office!  I have not illusions about Obama but I’m sure he will at least be less belligerent and that itself will undo some of the mess the Bush administration has created in the past eight years…

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Congratulations, President Obama!

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I’ve never been so emotionally invested in an election in my life. We’ve all worked hard for this, and here it is. Thank you, America!

(And an exceptional concession speech from John McCain. It was a hard-fought battle, and all parties should be commended for their efforts. In light of the values of our new country (!), let’s put aside our differences and work together to make this country the wonderful place we know it can be.)

UPDATE: I woke up this morning and Obama is still the President-Elect. We have more winners as of 7:20 a.m. (we think, hope, etc., with 98% of precincts reporting)! Congratulations:

  • Senator Max Baucus
  • Governor Brian Schweitzer and Lt. Governor John Bohlinger
  • Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
  • Attorney General Steve Bullock
  • State Auditor Monica Lindeen
  • Superintendent Denise Juneau
  • Supreme Court Justice Patricia Cotter
  • Representative Mike Jopek
  • Representative Cheryl Steenson (won by 22 votes!)
  • Chief Justice Mike McGrath

It’s been a hard race – and for those of you who didn’t prevail this time around: Don’t give up the ship!

Nate Silver, you are my hero

natesilver1Nate at fivethirtyeight.com, the new wunderkind of pollsters (that’s him to the left), has called the election for Obama, with the following statement:

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I’m inclined to agree.

Cheers, America, and congratulations.  You’ve redeemed yourself in my eyes.  Now let’s get out the rubber gloves and the garbage bags and pick this mess up.

Oh, and big sloppy kisses your way, Nate.  You made my night.