So, that was kind of historic.
Having just wrapped up BC's election night liveblog, it dawned on me that the traffic may have paled in comparison to that of BC Politics' live blog of the third presidential nominee debate, but 50 years from now, there's no question what event we'll remember. (The debate, of course!)
Did I help him? Probably not. My vote went to Libertarian candidate Bob Barr. Perhaps I can squeeze out some credit by claiming a vote for Barack Obama in the primaries, but I won't. More to the point, even Obama might assert that every single voter — even his opponents — made this historic night possible, because they believed in the democratic process. Maybe to some extent, those who didn't vote are also somehow a large part of making this moment possible. Hell, perhaps you just had to be born and alive on November 4, 2008 to get a share of the credit.
The election of Barack Obama to President of the United States is genuflected by every American's thought process today compared to, say, 10 years ago. For example, today, one of my best friends is Indian-American. That's just something I would never have thought was possible (or even desirable) when I was growing up in white suburban Sylvania, Ohio. And it wasn't until tonight that this perspective registered in my head. Heck, now I'm jealous that I'm not a minority. Stupid sunburn-prone skin.
Up until about 10 p.m. EST on Tuesday night, I thought of Senator Obama as just another presidential candidate I admired, didn't agree with, and conceded would probably be the next president. It wasn't until the West coast polls closed and the cable channels screen-wiped in unison their projections that, oh sweet buttery fuck, the next president's going to be 50 percent black. Maybe that's more important than "I disagree with him about foreign policy." Because if, as evidenced by his acceptance speech, the election of him is bigger than Obama, then the national and global impact is way bigger than my own problems with his policies and ideas.
The Internet vibrations around here have been largely positive, even by BC's own Dave Nalle, who I thought would have collected all duct tape and bottled water in the greater Austin area by now. He commented on the live blog comments, "Obama's speech was pretty good. On the right track. Let's see how long it takes for the large and hate-filled element of his party to drag him down. If he can resist their pull and put Pelosi and her allies in their place he could achieve greatness." Sure, it's not a glowing endorsement, but … Dave Nalle said that. Dave fucking Nalle! This Dave Nalle! That's about as high of an approval as you'll get from him.
Likewise, comments were coming from Obama supporters about the moving, endearing concession speech by John McCain, the same guy who was, by all measurements, their biggest fear as president. Excuse me, but did a reverse mojo hatred bomb explode in the underpants of a collective nation? Wait, what just happened tonight? And why? Who knows. Rather, who cares. The point, I think, is that it happened.
Remember tonight and how it felt to watch that guy get elected. If you don't remember — or if you dozed off — here's a reminder, spoken by the man who needs to work his ass off to uphold the purity of this night more than anyone: