So, in spite of the sad news on Prop 8 and related measures, I'm still feeling so good about this election one week later. Some new reasons since my last update on this topic:
- All the executive orders that can be changed right away (and I hope will). We might really have the end of US-sponsored torture, as I mentioned in my last post. But, beyond that, the end of the anti-reproductive rights and generally anti-science measures of the current administration are a consummation devoutly to be wished.
- Al Franken apparently still has a chance.
- A poll today showed that 70% of the American public thinks Obama can handle the financial crisis. That includes the vast majority of Democrats and Independents and 44% of registered Republicans. It has been a long time since we've had a President Elect with that kind of backing on a major issue.
- More generally, I think there is such overwhelming good will among the vast majority of Americans, even those who did not vote for him. I think people are just thrilled that Americans were able to vote largely based on competence and temperament and that race, although certainly not irrelevant, did not prove an insurmountable barrier. Which is not to say that there aren't disgruntled people or mean-spirited remarks being made, but I've been so pleased by how happy even many voices on the right seem to be, almost in spite of themselves.
- They seem like such a nice family! And it will be so fun to have little kids in the White House again.