Looking at that 52/46% vote split and shaking my head.
I can't figure out how it could have been so close.
I think The Onion, below, has it right: "To elect a black man, in this country, and at this time-these last eight years must have really broken you."
A mandate? I don't think so. The only thing the Republicans had to offer was McCain himself, his history and character. And yet it was still close.
A new Coalition? I guess, going into the future. But it took Young People, Hispanics, African Americans, and Women, and even then the Democrats needed a few traitorous old white guys like me.
And dare I say it? It looks to me like they needed a few Joe the Plumbers in Penn. and Ohio.
From The Onion:
"...it remained unclear whether the failing economy, dilapidated housing market, crumbling national infrastructure, health care crisis, energy crisis, and five-year-long disastrous war in Iraq had made the nation crappy enough to rise above 300 years of racial prejudice and make lasting change.
"Today the American people have made their voices heard, and they have said, 'Things are finally as terrible as we're willing to tolerate," said Obama, addressing a crowd of unemployed, uninsured, and debt-ridden supporters. "To elect a black man, in this country, and at this time—these last eight years must have really broken you."
Added Obama, "It's a great day for our nation."
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