by thezzyzx, Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 02:19:09 AM EST
I still can't believe we won. The candidate I liked from the beginning of the primaries not only won the nomination, but he won the whole blerping Election. We were given a choice between hope and fear, between treating us like an adult and lowest common denominator campaigning (I mean come on. Joe the Plumber?!?!), between sleaze and trying to stay on the issues... and we made the right choice.
Maybe Obama won't be the President I think he will be, but I'm still just floored this morning. It's a cliche to say this, but Ohio and Pennsylvania and Indiana and Virginia and perhaps even North Carolina elected a black man named Barack Hussein Obama to lead them. Never mind the Muslim smears or the fake Whitey tape rumor or the racist PUMAs or the guilt by association attacks. Never mind the Bradley Effect which proved to just be a myth. What we saw instead was people going out and doing things that they never had done before, be it volunteer or give money or simply voting, even if they had to wait in line for hours.
You want to know what a community organizer does Palin? This is what they do. And here's a message to the people at the Republican National Convention who mocked community organizers. A community organizer just used his skills to kick your ass nine ways to Sunday.
This is the best day of my political life. Make me proud Barack!
And because no post like this will be complete without this, the text from the NH concession speech that we know:
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been
anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible
odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.
Yes we can.
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and
prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this
world. Yes we can.
And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.
Yes we can and yes we did! The United States is a slightly different place today than it was yesterday and I, for one, intend to celebrate that fact.