Election afterglow

Here in California, as in several other places, the election is not quite over. Counting is still going on for city offices. Propositions are being contested and may yet be reversed. But no one disputes that we have chosen a President Elect who will take office in January 2009. The hopes and dreams of millions of people have been riding on this election, and the feelings of many are summed up by Frank Rich in his N.Y. Times column this morning. Americans can feel good about themselves because they have shown that all the predictions about hidden racism and prejudice against “elites” have been wrong. When it comes down to the vote, most Americans pay attention to the qualities of the candidates and vote for the person they think will do the best job for the country. No wonder there has been a glow in this country all week long. It feels good to have faith in your fellow Americans.

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