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!

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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.

Our day is over in Montana

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Oh, sweet irony

Pro-choice and women’s rights groups are reaping the rewards for the GOP nomination of Governor Sarah Palin (that’s her to the left).  Governor Palin, who is not shy when speaking about her views on abortion, is a member of Feminists for Life – an anti-abortion women’s group that advertises with the slogan “Refuse to Choose”.  Palin does not support the option for abortion in cases of rape or incest.  How is she helping pro-choice groups?

Existing and new member of abortion rights groups are alarmed by the prospect of a GOP ticket in which both candidates – McCain and Palin – would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and the vice presidential nominee supports abstinence-based sex education and opposed abortion in all cases unless the life of the mother is at stake.  Abortion rights supporters are flooding pro-choice groups with donations and assistance with programs that will alert the public to the views of the McCain-Palin campaign.

Both NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood have reported record-breaking fundraising for this election year.