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It's November 5th. Election Day, the day I'd been anticipating and dreading for nearly a year, has finally come and gone. And by and large, the good guys won.

It's an odd feeling, honestly; I've gotten so used to that sense of impending electoral catastrophe, that having it over and done with, and mostly positive results at that, is hard to process. It's like having a leg I'd been sitting on coming back online after going to sleep.

Not all good news, though: Michele Bachmann, the neoMcCarthyist idiot fundie godbag representative from Minnesota's most conservative district, has apparently won reelection, and will continue to spew stupidity for some time. And the Franken-Coleman race is still uncalled, and will likely be recounted. And, worst of all, the anti-gay measures in California, Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, and Florida all passed (well, CA is still not 100% certain, but it looks likely). It wasn't an absolute victory by any means, and there's still much fighting to do.

Anyhoo...now comes the hard part. Obama may not have been my first choice, or my second choice for that matter, but he was, at the end, my choice. And he was America's choice. It still feels strange to hope...but I have the audacity to hope that he was the right choice.

Date: 2008-11-05 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roseneko.livejournal.com
Crazy, isn't it? You get so used to using cynicism as a shield, to steeling yourself for the inevitable failures, that suddenly feeling like you can hope for things that have seemed out of reach for so long is the height of audacity.

On an only vaguely related note, I'm amused that AbeBooks has immediately sent out a mass email letting us know that they have "Books signed by President-Elect Obama" available. Not so much up my alley (my collection, such as it is, is pretty geared toward sci-fi/fantasy), but amusing nonetheless.

Date: 2008-11-05 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carmiel.livejournal.com
Yes, all of us cynical voters crossed our fingers and voted anyway...and it turned out ok. Not great by any means, but we have a shot now at fixing some stuff that needed fixing.

Date: 2008-11-05 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neintales.livejournal.com
TX had an anti-gay measure on the ballot? My ballot was totally blank on any such thing... just had elections for judges and reps and things...

Date: 2008-11-06 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erica057.livejournal.com
OMG have you ever seen Bachmann's psychotic Christmas letter??

Date: 2008-11-06 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
I have not. I'm not sure I want to know...

Date: 2008-11-06 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erica057.livejournal.com
What is your email addy? I'll fwd it to you. She's basically pimping out her daughters :O

Date: 2008-11-07 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flewellyn.livejournal.com
You can send an LJ message to my LJ account.

Date: 2008-11-11 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xbellaangelx.livejournal.com
Send one to me toooo!

Date: 2008-11-06 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] limpingpigeon.livejournal.com
I too was very disappointed with the passing of Prop 8 and its equivalents in other states. It's clear there's still a lot of work to be done before we really have equality across the board in this country, but for the first time in a long time, or possibly ever, I feel like we could actually get there someday.

Date: 2008-11-06 06:25 pm (UTC)


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