Serene, believe it or not. I'm serious. It's over. To me it was a bellwether when PA went blue. When Ohio went blue it was over in my mind. I don't look for any surprises in the western states. I am curious to see how VA goes, but I don't think I can stay up that late.
Before I go to bed I'd like to make a few comments. First, I honestly feel it's nice that so many people will be so happy. Many of my closest friends are Democrats and it's been a long eight years for them. They have a lot to be excited about. I look for a lot of ugly gloating on the web, but not from my friends, they have more class than that. Congratulations to them.
Now, for my true feelings, my gut. After the initial euphoria many of my Democratic friends are going to sober up and realize that they've elected a cipher. This man is essentially a blank slate, no one can say definitively what he stands for on so many important issues. "Hope" and "Change." Meaningless. We'll get change for sure. But I learned something the hard way. I voted for "Change" in 1992. Yes, my dirty little secret is revealed. I wandered off the reservation and voted for Clinton in 1992. Twelve years of Republican rule was enough. Time for something different. I learned to regret that decision within a year and never strayed again. I believe that's what we have this year, a protest vote, people are tired and want a change.
Obama is someone people can "feel good" about voting for for all sorts of superficial reasons. But he will never be able to live up to the hype surrounding him. His Presidency will be one disappointment after another for people who have imbued him with supernatural qualities. He is not a redeemer. He's a man, and a politician at that. A man with a lot to answer for, his campaign practices included.
I've spent years being told by Democrats that I'm an unenlightened hick, voting against my own economic self-interests every time I voted for a Republican. Well, now the worm has turned, the Democrats will rule the roost. I look forward to being relieved of my pending $800 a month out-of-pocket payment to insure the health of three out of my family of four. I look forward to having the money of all those rich people redistributed my way. Actually, right now I'd like to lay dibs on some money from Oprah Winfrey, Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Bruce Springsteen and, hell, give me some of George Soros's money too.
I, for one, welcome our new socialist overlords. I'll sleep just fine tonight.