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November 11th, 2008
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Still Happy About the Election
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.

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From:libgirl
Date:November 12th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
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I'm still really positive too. It feels so surreal in so many ways still! :D
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From:mofic
Date:November 12th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
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I get the surreal feeling but more for me it seems like the last 8 years have been surreal and the country might actually be returning to reality. I do think there's a kind of widespread joy that people voted based on competence, not on who would be a better drinking buddy. And ultimately that's good for everyone, left or right.
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From:notmonica
Date:November 12th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
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I do think there's a kind of widespread joy that people voted based on competence, not on who would be a better drinking buddy.

OMG...WORD.

However, I'm not experiencing the same magnanamous attitude amongst the McCain supporters in my area. Not at all, regrettably.

On the upside though was the conversation I had with my children the other day, "Mom, will you cry when you tell us that the first female President is elected?" "Yes, I expect I will." :D
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From:mofic
Date:November 12th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
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However, I'm not experiencing the same magnanamous attitude amongst the McCain supporters in my area. Not at all, regrettably.

Disappointment is both understandable and to be expected. But I think things like that poll showing 70% feel our president elect will handle the economic crisis well and some of the kind of softer tone from a lot of the conservative pundits do mean something. I'm not being a Pollyanna about this stuff; I don't think by any means partisanship is dead. But I think it was wonderful that *both* presidential candidates had high approval ratings right down to Election Day - it suggests that people were voting for the better candidate (by their own lights, of course) rather than the lesser of two evils.

Also, I think the very much justified negative ratings for Sarah Palin had a huge impact on the election. The one thing that McCain had and could point to over Obama was years of experience, and given his age and health history he said over and over he would choose someone with sufficient experience and skill to step in Day 1. When he threw that away to pander to the right wing fringe of his party, I think he lost the general election. But I feel he didn't lose the respect and admiration of the electorate for the long run and he can stil be a very effective senator.
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