Like most Democrats, I’m terrified by all the good news. I haven’t posted in ages because every time I get online I just get obsessed with hitting Refresh on RealClearPolitics.com to see what’s changed in the last 15 minutes. The polls and the omens continue to be apallingly good. Obama has maintained his lead, The Redskins lost and the majority of Dixville Notch’s votes have gone to a Democrat for the first time in 40 years. Now it’s just a matter of getting through the day without any type of coronary incident.
I don’t say that lightly. We spent much of Election Night in ’04 in the ER with my mother. It wasn’t a cardiac thing. It was a mini-stroke that happened when it became clear that Bush was probably going to be returned to office. It started a downhill slide into dementia that ended with her death a year and a half later. I wish she was alive and well enough to get through this one. I wish she’d made it to the 2006 midterms, at least. They’d have made her feel a little better about things.
It’s probably at least 12 hours until we know anything. I’m going to work and then to vote (no early voting in NY) and try to get through this day. I’m going to try to keep in mind that no matter what happens this election has been historical in a good way. We’ve proved that candidates other than white males can compete now. Neither race nor gender will be an insurmountable barrier to the presidency any longer and that’s a huge step forward. And if that’s not enough, we’ve proved that Democrats can be organized and unified. Barack Obama has already made history in two ways and the election is just beginning. Not bad, really. It’ll be good for our children and grandchildren but not enough consolation if Sarah Palin ends the day a heartbeat away from the presidency. At least I know that I, for one, am going to have a hell of a time holding onto any sense of historical perspective.
Now I’m going to work and then to vote (no early voting in NY) and try to get through this day. I wish Barack Obama, Joe Biden, us and the world luck.