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Nov. 5th, 2008 12:44 am
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So. Looks like Obama's gonna be our next President. Excellent. I feel optimistic and hopeful about the future of our country, which is a nice change. Even doubly so, seeing as this was the first presidential election I got to vote for. I'm still annoyed we don't know the results for a few of the really close races like Indiana and North Carolina.

All the joyous liberal cheering about Obama aside, or cheering that the Democratic party picked up some extra Senate and House seats, some in unexpected places, or annoyance that I don't know if there's enough of a difference to present an anti-filibustering voting block, there was one things I really did like about this election:

--Massive Voter Turnout. Here's to hoping that the excitement and duty that swept up this country sticks around in the long run. After all, if you did it once, you'll be more likely to do it again. Especially if, as I bet, those new voters or first-in-a-longtime voters had a positive first experience. Considering how relatively even the popular vote has turned out to be overall, I think the 'get out the vote' kind of programs and rallying really did turn out to be crucial to Obama's victories--guessing this based on the way that while the popular vote was split more evenly, the electoral was a landslide. It was an impressive feat of campaign strategy and political skill, that.

On McCain's concession speech, I have two thoughts:

One, the way his audience was booing was seriously not classy. Really, guys. It's that sort of stuff that drags us all down. McCain was giving a good speech. I thought that the interplay with Lincoln and mention that both McCain and Obama used was an interesting coincidence, though in retrospect not so surprising.

Secondly...I wasn't hallucinating, was I? That was the Pirates of the Caribbean theme I heard, right? After the end of McCain's speech? I was watching CBS, if that helps.

Last minute edit:

And now, the real work and challenge begins.

Date: 2008-11-05 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] masamage.livejournal.com
YES! That totally was the Pirates theme! What the heck was that about??

I'm so glad somebody else was watching CBS.

Date: 2008-11-05 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tarendol.livejournal.com
I think it was just CBS, I was watching on the BBC and I don't remember that (though, I could have just not noticed or have forgotten now). I also thought the boos were classless, but the speech itself was excellent. As was Obama's!

Turnout was massive and I think Obama's campaign had a lot to do with that, on election day I saw campaign workers going around to check on people and make sure they vote, something I've never before seen (I know it happens, but never before enough for me to actually see it).

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