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Election Thoughts

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

A collection of random comments from last night.

  • By far, the best moment of the night was when someone (who would remember) said: “this feels like Kennedy”. It seems all of the “we’re making history” sentiment is not imaginary.
  • I didn’t think I’d ever see masses of people on the streets of San Francisco chanting “USA! USA! USA!”. You see, the left coast liberal elite loves America too, we just sometimes can’t get excited about it.
  • McCain’s concession speech reenforced by belief that he’s a good man, who I happen to disagree with on many points, but still a good man. Unfortunately, campaigns exist to win, and will work to win at all costs.
  • Obama’s acceptance speech reenforced my belief that his even-temperament is his best quality. Can you imagine how different the last eight years would have been if we’d had an executive leader who made decisions with full information, made them methodically, and didn’t allow his emotions to dictate policy?
  • In case you still wonder whether third party candidates can affect elections, Missouri is still too close to call today, and the gap between Obama and McCain is smaller than the number of votes received by the fifth place candidate. Currently: McCain: 1,442,613; Obama: 1,436,745; Nader: 17,769; Barr: 11,355; Baldwin: 8,181. Source (as of November 5, 2008, 2:53 PM PST)