by esconded, Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 05:14:51 PM EST
A great and wonderful night last night. A clear victory. It's going to be an exciting transition, and I can't wait for the inauguration speech. McCain gave a really classy concession speech. Can Obama govern? I hope he avoids the mistakes that Bill Clinton made in 1993--the dithering, the poorly vetted appointments, focusing on the wrong issues, the secrecy over the health care plan. Getting off to a strong start is important. This in important opportunity for Democrats--don't blow it.
The only damper on this is the passage of Prop. 8. It's just not there yet for gay marriage. It won even in LA County, which
was the killer. The No side running an awful campaign didn't help.
Downballot was slightly disappointing, though with Merkley winning Oregon (whew!) it's going to be a six seat pickup in the Senate, pending the Minnesota recount. Twenty seats in House was below almost everyone's estimate, including the MSM. I was a less optimistic in my prediction, since I saw fewer pickup opportunities than others did. We both won and lost some close races. In California, I'm wondering if Prop 8 may have hurt Charlie Brown in CA-04.