Remember this day, people. Holy shit. Words cannot describe. I've been on such a high pretty much ever since Pennsylvania and Ohio started looking like they were going to Obama. I spent all day following the election in the Superthread on Interference. Good times, good company, good food, and an absolutely sensational, decisive result.
I can't help but feel like the world has changed just a little bit. The sheer fact of Obama's election will positively change global opinion of the USA and do something to restore its shattered reputation. International Relations will now chart a more positive course, with the neocons of Cheney, et al. no longer able to wield quite so much power. Even those of you who voted for McCain can surely appreciate the value of this (at least partial) restoration of the US's global standing. It's not for nothing that the world has roughly 90% support for Obama - higher in practically every Western democracy.
There is so much damage to be undone, domestically and internationally. There is still more damage being done, in fact - the bigots look like they're going to have their way on Prop 8 in California, with Yes leading 52.4% to 47.6% with 63% of the vote counted. But this is a massive shift all the same. I am a political pessimist, I do not expect all to start coming up roses, but Obama's win nonetheless changes the political landscape. The US is now travelling in a fairer and safer political direction. And given Obama's credentials, he is undoubtedly one of the most intelligent and qualified people to ever hold the Presidency.
So many thoughts are swirling through my head. It's hard to quite put them in a logical and coherent order. Perhaps the fact I am about to start on my fourth glass of celebratory cabernet sauvignon is part of the reason! I'm impressed. I'm delighted. I'm excited. I'm wondering what the history books will make on Bush and Obama being consecutive presidents. God, today really has had a sense of being a major historical moment. Well done, America. For the first time in a long time, you've positively defied my expectations.
Now let's just hope Helen Clark pulls off a miracle in New Zealand on Saturday.