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At the End of an Extraordinary Ride

By Dan Balz
CHICAGO -- It was just after midnight when Barack Obama walked back into the press section of the chartered airplane that has carried him back and forth across the country so many times over so many months He appeared subdued, not celebratory.

On a day when it was possible that he could etch his name in the history books by winning the presidency, he was also grieving of the death of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. He came back not to answer reporter's questions, nor to offer many words of any kind. He came to say thanks to the reporters, photographers, TV camera crews and others in the media who had followed him on the long journey, some from almost the very beginning.

"Whatever happens tomorrow, it's extraordinary," he said.

He then shook hands with everyone, accepting condolences over his grandmother's passing from many aboard as he walked to the back of the 757. When he was done he said simply, "Okay, guys, let's go home," and then, as he headed back to the big swivel seat in the front cabin, he offered one parting thought. "It will be fun," he said, "to see how the story ends."

By the time Obama was saying his thank yous to the press, which came after one last rally before an estimated 90,000 people in Northern Virginia, the first votes of the 2008 election had already been tallied.

In tiny Dixville Notch, N.H., where the polls open at midnight and close minutes later, Obama won 15 votes to six for John McCain, the first time since 1968 that a Democrat has carried that precinct. Whether that was a good omen or a jinx would not be known for many hours. Obama could only wait.

Election Day is always a moment of great anticipation, as long months of campaigning give way to the power of individual citizens and the candidates step back to await the judgment of the people. This Election Day might be among the most anticipated as any in memory.

Campaign 2008 has been the longest and costliest in U.S. history, but it has been much more than just that. As it comes to an end, it's safe to say we might not see one like this again. Obama adviser David Axelrod calls it "the ride of a lifetime."

Campaign 2008 set records for intensity and involvement. I remember traveling with John Edwards on the day he announced his candidacy in late December 2006. He began in New Orleans, in the storm-ravaged Ninth Ward and from there flew to Des Moines for an obligatory stop in the state with the first caucuses. It was during the Christmas holidays, a year from the caucuses and nearly two years from the presidential election itself. When Edwards arrived at the Iowa Historical Museum for his evening rally, more than a thousand people were waiting to see him.

That turned out not to be an anomaly but the beginning of a pattern. Everywhere the candidates went, particularly those seeking the Democratic nomination, people turned out. They attended rallies and town hall meetings, they followed the race on the Internet and on cable television and in newspapers and on blogs. They gave money, particularly to Obama. They were engaged.

Although it was surprising at times to see the intensity, there were reasons. When the campaign began, the nation had been at war in Afghanistan since October 2001 and in Iraq since March 2003. People began the campaign weary of the war in Iraq and dubious of the wisdom of ever invading.

They were weary, too, of President Bush, who had come to office with his own great expectations, but whose presidency foundered over war, divisive politics (of which he was not solely responsible) and, eventually, the economy. Every candidate knew this was a change election, though it was Obama who more than anyone in the early stages built his message around that theme.

The candidates put on a remarkable show for the voters. No one has ever seen a Democratic nomination battle like the one Obama waged against Hillary Clinton. No one could have seen the grit and determination that brought John McCain from dead man walking in the late summer of 2007 to Republican nominee by February 2008. No one had a script for the arrival of Sarah Palin onto the national stage. She revived both the Republican base and "Saturday Night Live." Who else could have done that?

The candidates campaigned against the backdrop of a country convulsed by crisis and doubt. Big issues, not small ones, dominated this election cycle. That, too, is a change from many of our campaigns. By the time the campaign was ending, the war had faded as an issue, though it will be on the next president's desk in January. It was replaced by deep economic anxieties that have shaken the country's confidence.

The financial crisis of September and October may be remembered with as much significance as the outcome of Tuesday's election. Whether that is the case, it made McCain's quest inestimably more difficult, and whoever is the next president will find his first term shaped, dominated, by the consequences of this economic shock to the system.

If the candidates put on a good show, the voters may have done them one better. The long lines of early voters the past few days speak of an electorate concerned about the problems the country faces but eager to be part of shaping whatever comes next. Young voters have played an important role. Enthusiasm among African American voters has been at historic levels. Joe the Plumber, symbolically at least, spoke to another constituency that has shaped the campaign. Clinton and Palin highlighted the strides women have made, and the limits.

Voters have done much more than mark a ballot. At McCain and Obama offices across the country, thousands and thousands and thousands of Americans gave up time to help make phone calls, knock on doors, drive vans, make dinners, provide sleeping quarters and in countless other ways help their candidate. Two old friends whom I've known since childhood in the Midwest sent e-mails in the early morning hours Tuesday to say they would be volunteering Tuesday in behalf of their candidate.

In Obama and McCain, the country found two worthy presidential nominees. Not every moment of this campaign has been noble or uplifting. But after such a long and hard-fought campaign in a year with so much at stake and with a historic transfer of power possible, the fact that both are seen positively by the electorate speaks to the character and values people see in them.

With their votes Tuesday, Americans will begin writing the next great chapter in the story of the nation. They will also put a final exclamation point on this remarkable campaign, and everyone might miss it when it's gone. As Obama put it, whatever happens, it's been extraordinary.

By Washington Post editors  |  November 4, 2008; 10:25 AM ET
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Selection of Emanuel to be the White House Chief of staff show the hollowness of Obama’ s non partisanship. Emanuel as Chief and Present House & Senate chiefs together makes the coming administration is the most Partisan Government in last 100 years. When country facing worst economic conditions, global terrorism and two wars, the coming administration apparently believes that they could address these issues by single handedly. President Bush tried and failed. Adding token Republican to the cabinet is not an answer to bipartisanship. Bipartisanship should be bipartisanship and not a slogan.
Democrats should recall past History. Higher % of votes & high approval rating will melt away within no time. Bush had 80% plus approval rating after 9/11. Johnson won the election landside much bigger than Obama’s win
“manixthoughts.blogspot.com”

Posted by: madayilnair | November 7, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

As a Black American, living in the South, I want to say thank you to John and Elizabeth Edwards, because without the courage and patriotism you exhibited throughout the cold and windy Iowa Primary there would not be a President Barack Obama. You are both two of the greatest American patriots who have ever lived. Sometimes I wonder John and Elizabeth if you are Angels in disguise. God bless you, and remember:
"Black America has your back".


Posted by: Cherubim | November 5, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

OKAY! I voted!

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 4, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

No terrorfied -- I haven't been asleep but Bush is still better than Obama. Anyone is better than Obama. You wait and see -- OBama will destroy the country. We have to pray that Democrats do NOT GET A veto proof Senate and Republican can filibuster and kill the worse of Obama's programs until we can get him out of office. Remember we are about to let someone who believes in Jeremiah WRight enter the White House - do you like the idea of Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakahn, Al Sharpton etc. having so much influence and running around the White House. I don't this. This African ( he is not an American) will never be my president -- I do not like him, nor respect him - I am opposed to everything he stands for as she stands for all those who hate America just as he hates American and will sell out our sovereignty to the UN and the EU. He will be under their thumb. We will lose the war on Terror and will have terror attacks on the homeland with Obama as President - the welcome mat will be rolled out for terrorists and we will pay a heavy price for electing him.

Posted by: Lavrat2000 | November 4, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The thing to pray for is a strong Democratic majority in congress.

Without that, the Republicans can block anything the Democrats try to do.

We have a lot of "tweeks" to straight Democracy in our elections that stop everyone from having an equal vote and a lot of tweeks to a represenative government that stop everyone having an equal vote through their representatives --because of the way things are set up, even before the question of graft or favoritism, some states and therefore the voters in those stats are "more equal than others" when it comes to getting governemnt contracts, etc.

The bottom line is thst the Republicans can really "tie us up" if we don't elect a strong Democratic majority in congress.

Lets hope we do.

Posted by: svreader | November 4, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of who wins today, I'll be skipping any
TV coverage of the Obama gathering in Chicago's Grant Park. After the Obama camp's sexist trashing of Hillary Clinton and later on, Sarah Palin, it would feel sacrilegious.

You see, some 28 years ago I marched to Grant Park with 90,000 other women on behalf of the ERA.
http://katalusis.blogspot.com/2008/11/earlier-event-in-chicagos-grant-park.html

Posted by: ichief | November 4, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Lavrat2000, uh, have you been asleep the last 8 years or are you just incredibly incredibly ignorant? Anyone short of Adolf Hitler can't possibly be any worse than Bush Co., and after 8 years of his "mandate" we're still standing, albeit worse for wear.

Posted by: Terrorfied | November 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Take? I see 95% of Americans getting a tax cut, the major corps that really TAKE jobs away from the US and ship them off to 3rd world countries with low wages and lax or now laws on how they treat people should be taxed, because we are the biggest consumer base on the globe and when you TAKE away jobs from the people who support you most and make insane amounts of money, then yeah you should be taxed as the president and congress see's fit. Meanwhile the rest of us poor old saps making less than 250K a year and have shouldered the brunt of the tax load, gas prices, food prices, etc., etc. While our wages have gone down finally get a president who cares about us. Under Bush a record surplus turned into a record deficit, the value of the US dollar went down to it's lowest, our image around the world has been damaged, we're spending 10 billion dollars a MONTH in an war that was about a lie. You get the picture.

We're just getting back what was TAKEN from us from a greedy president who only had the elite in mind, Trickle down economy my @$$, it was the -iss on you economy for 8 years, Tinkle on you economy, the --it rolls downhill economy under Bush, and McCain vowed to keep it going. How you guys can support that is mind boggling....... Then when his friends pushed everybody to it's breaking point and he could no longer hide the fact that we were already in a recession anymore without losing what little credibility he had left with the right wing he urged everybody to bail them out with our tax money, they lied about their income, covered up their losses and then get $700,000,000,000......but Obama is the socialist when he wants to help the people that really need help, get real and WAKE UP!!!!

Posted by: rslewis147 | November 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Remember people, No matter who wins this election, Bush still has 70 plus days left in office before we can finally be rid of him and his treasionist behavor. From the few reports leaking out it seems as if he is planning on doing his best to take away what few rights we have left as well as doing what he can to protect his oil buddies by DERUGULATION on the enviormenmt and the bill of rights. While we may have some (abit Little) hope for the future, he must be monitored and stopped for trying to complete his goal of totally destroying the United States. Bush and Cheney have shown themselves to be the greatest threat his country has ever faced and to allow him to run unchecked for the remainder of his time infesting the white house would be stupid and dangerious. Bush should be locked up to protect AMerican citizens from him and his death wish for our country

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | November 4, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

American does not want to be a multi-racial, multi-cultural society. See what multi-racial and multi-cultural has done to Britain. It is due to the Democrats, and esp. Ted Kennedy, who so changed our immigration laws that we became flooded by the Third World instead of continuing to draw on our Western European heritage. If Obama wins we will crawl into the same sewer that Britain has ended up in. Multi-cultural and multi-racial simply does NOT WORK in society. The Democrats will strip away our heritage, grant amnesty to illegals and further bankrupt the country with their spending programs. This election is the end of American and its greatness. The country will not be worth living in. We have allowed the press to manipulate coverage of the candidates and suppress all the facts about OBAMA that people should know before they vote. The press is guilty of maniuplating the vote and corrupting the election by its one-sided coverage of Obama. Never forget that Obama bought the Presidency -- there was a time when this could not happedn, but we have sunk so low that a non-American who cares little about the country can buy the White House -- how low we have sunk thanks to the machinations of the Democratic Party over the years.

Posted by: Lavrat2000 | November 4, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Small business will be fine under Obama.
It'll do much better than under Bush.
Nush has favored a few vvery large companies and decisions on who to purchase things from was done based on political connections rather than merit or lowest cost in competitive bidding.

Obama is going to be a breath of fresh air.

We're going to have a President who's a very smart guy, stable as can be and keeps his head cool when well under pressure.

That's gong to be very good for business.

People are going to feel more optimistic about the future, and that will result in more hiring, consumer spending, etc., all the things that make for a good economy.

Barack Obama is good for Business.

Posted by: svreader | November 4, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"a guide for small business owners in an obama administration...
1, fire obama supporters first when you have to..."
2, hire an employment attorney to protect you from the suits that will be filed by your ex-employees (see #1, above).

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse "

no law suits, economics...taxes goes up, employees go bye bye...
I didn't say fire them for no good reason and as things stand employees who support obama would probably get the ax anyway...
----
Pure slime. Nasty, ugly, petty people. This is why you are going to lose and lose big. Good riddance.

Posted by: Flabergasted | November 4, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"a guide for small business owners in an obama administration...
1, fire obama supporters first when you have to..."
2, hire an employment attorney to protect you from the suits that will be filed by your ex-employees (see #1, above).

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse "

no law suits, economics...taxes goes up, employees go bye bye...
I didn't say fire them for no good reason and as things stand employees who support obama would probably get the ax anyway...
----
Pure slime. Nasty, ugly, petty people. This is why you are going to lose. Good riddance.

Posted by: Flabergasted | November 4, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Every time we mention Joe the Plumber
Our nation gets a little bit dumber
The man's just some zero
Revered like a hero
Call 15:01--that's his new number

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | November 4, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The media is so biased in Obama's favor it's not even funny. I just watched an AP slide show on Yahoo! The pics that specified Obama supporters outnumbered those that showcased McCain's by about 3/1. That was just the first hundred pictures!

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Election-08/ss/events/pl/110408election08

Please DON'T insist that reporters and/or editors who aren't writing opinion columns are even handed when their representations reflect a clear bias.

Posted by: Abster1 | November 4, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"

The Day of Reckoning is upon us. Truth will finally and utterly speak to Power and all of those who played on Fear and Ignorance will now see the final tranformative power of Hope and Reason. My only concenr is that I hope the conservative Right that has held a slim stranglehold on this country for what seems like a lifetime will be able to swallow the results and resolve their differences with the rest of us. \for even in their drunken displays of aloof power when hypocrites seem to fill their party to bursting (scandals, mismanaged wars, devalued dollar and the like) they felt that since they were somehow in the 51% majority that they were right...well, this is gonna be a landslide and the Majority who puts Presdient Obama in the White House will show much more compassion than was shown to them and I hope the Neocon Rights realize that the End that has befallen them is the same end that befalls in cannibalistic regime that sacrifices it's own for the sake of a few...Selha, and Godspeed. and remember there is only One America.
-YOW
Posted by: mynamesyow | November 4, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse"

keep your compassion, keep in mind that you don't have a clue what is going to happen and you can't predict what power pelosi and reid will have, seems obama has always followed and never lead...
like I said, no color coding the tax code or any other code, no special priviledges for you, nothing, in fact obama if elected will be so distant, you will think he was on the moon...
within a few months when he fails to pay your rent or give you money, you will finally realize what you got, and that usually is what you deserve...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 4, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"

"a guide for small business owners in an obama administration...
1, fire obama supporters first when you have to..."
2, hire an employment attorney to protect you from the suits that will be filed by your ex-employees (see #1, above).

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse "

no law suits, economics...taxes goes up, employees go bye bye...
I didn't say fire them for no good reason and as things stand employees who support obama would probably get the ax anyway...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 4, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"I found some very interesting comments here today. svreader said he voted for Obama after slamming the man all spring long. Congratulations! And Aspergirl is using the excuse of long lines at the polls to avoid casting a vote, period. Methinks it's "Hillary anger" on Aspergirl's part. If you don't vote, Aspergirl, you can't b*tch for the next four years, regardless of who wins."

Posted by: marmac5 | November 4, 2008 3:35 PM

I know, I'm going. I even drove an hour to vote once, to cast a vote for Bill Clinton even though I was living in Mississippi at the time and that was a useless vote!

My husband let his people out early today so that they can go vote (they are all salaried there). He has some people who live in Pennsylvania and they were very concerned about not making it. So we have contributed to our corner of democracy today!

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 4, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe people are complaining about possibly standing in line as an excuse to avoid voting. This is not just voting history, but history itself. Imagine any other time, past or future, when you could participate in such a monumental event. And then think of all the times you stood in line for concert or movie tickets, or that last grocery store run before Thanksgiving, or the first Black Friday sales. Neither you nor I will ever have an opportunity like this ever again, and I doubt if our children or grandchildren will even have the chance to participate in such a singular event. Vote red or blue or Green, Independent or Libertarian. Just vote.

Posted by: jhusson1 | November 4, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Young voters, reflecting their general ignorance and immaturity, will ALWAYS vote for somebody outside the mainstream."

You talkin' about those self-styled mavericks?

Posted by: wallace2 | November 4, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

despite the long lines, how can you not participate in maybe the most historic election in your lifetime. Get out the vote!

Posted by: insideman | November 4, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It is awesome that some hard core republicans are tired of... REPUBLICANS!!!

http://www.greenfaucet.com/politics/win-back-the-party-by-losing-the-election/81372

Posted by: macebruce | November 4, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I found some very interesting comments here today. svreader said he voted for Obama after slamming the man all spring long. Congratulations! And Aspergirl is using the excuse of long lines at the polls to avoid casting a vote, period. Methinks it's "Hillary anger" on Aspergirl's part. If you don't vote, Aspergirl, you can't b*tch for the next four years, regardless of who wins.

Posted by: marmac5 | November 4, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Watch Live Coverage of the election directly form my blog! Cobertura en vivo de las elecciones en mi blog!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | November 4, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I want to go vote for Obama because after McCain imploded over economics and then reduced his campaign to attacking instead of some clear message, it seems pretty clear to me (and apparently a lot of other people) that Obama has more leadership ability and political capital among those in his party.

But the lines my state are long and it's going to be blue anyways. So I'm wondering if it makes sense for me to stand in line for hours.

On the other hand, I do want to cast my vote for Obama because I think it's important to vote; otherwise you don't really feel like you own responsibility for the good and bad that happens in Washington.

But those lines!

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 4, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You trolls have about 12 hours left....

Quick....cut and paste your last precious smears while you can!

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | November 4, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama, from his memoir, "Dreams From My Father": "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully ..... The Marxist professors (those who teach the ideals of Karl Marx, writer of the Communist Manifesto) and structural feminists."

Communism doesn't work. It has always failed.

Posted by: American_Citizen |

***************************
So does misquoting someone's work - boy, I will be glad when your party has its a$$ officially handed to them.

Posted by: LABC | November 4, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Let me leave you with a little dose of reality:

With this election, it marks the end of the GOP as we know it. Immediately, this party will remain fractured. In years to come, it will eventually become slightly more than an inconsequential party. This has been coming for years now. "Republicans" will be marginalized as an ultra-right neo-con, bigoted, religious-fanatic party.

Case in point: When the talk becomes of how Sarah Palin is the future of the party, well then it's time to cue the chirping crickets. Last one out, please turn off the lights. This party is over (pun intended).

However, from their ashes will rise another party (perhaps with the same name) that is more middle of the road with a mantra of fiscal conservatism and Libertarian values.

The good news is the neo-cons and religious fanatics that had major influence in the GOP will be pushed further to the fringe and will wield no real power (thank God).

May you all find peace of mind and in fellow man.

Thanks.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | November 4, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"a guide for small business owners in an obama administration...
1, fire obama supporters first when you have to..."
2, hire an employment attorney to protect you from the suits that will be filed by your ex-employees (see #1, above).

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 4, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I just voted for Obama.

It felt GREAT!!!!

Posted by: svreader | November 4, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hi Folks,

Here's hoping for an Obama landslide and we won't have to re-invent the phrase "Somewhere in Texas a Village is Missing it's Idiot" to "Somewhere in Alaska a Village is Missing it's Idiot" !!!

-----------------------

The Alaskan village idiot has been found and will be returning soon. Not a minute too late. Now Missy Palin can return to her trailer be the queen of the trailer park once again.

Posted by: Classic60 | November 4, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

a guide for small business owners in an obama administration...
1, fire obama supporters first when you have to...
2. take out five years of profits from your company, take a loan if you have to, and write it off for the next five years as you take no salary during the first obama term...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 4, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Idiocy Rules!

It is easy to explain why a large number of voters will make the WRONG choice today:

1. Young voters, reflecting their general ignorance and immaturity, will ALWAYS vote for somebody outside the mainstream. That was as true decades ago when McCarthy received overwhelming youth support and is similarly true today. These voters generally don't understand the complex issues of the day nor do they care. Their vote is merely a form on juvenile protest. "Viva Marxism!"

2. Mature voters are a very different matter. After eight years of the WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY, these voters are acting like the immature youth in ignoring the fundamental character of the candidates, and are voting to "get even with the Republicans" for the Dumbya disaster - even though many of these same voters helped put that disaster in place. (Why did they do that? Again, that's easy - since again it was a case of revenge voting - "how dare a President have sex in the White House with an ugly intern and lie about it! Down with the d-crats!")

Today, millions of voters are actually voting to "cut off their noses to spite their faces", and they have only misguided, peevish reasons to justify that WRONG vote.

After four years of tax increases, Marxist redistribution of wealth and other monumental disasters, the voters will once again cast a vote for the wrong reason.

Posted by: ImpeachNOW | November 4, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Hi Folks,

Here's hoping for an Obama landslide and we won't have to re-invent the phrase "Somewhere in Texas a Village is Missing it's Idiot" to "Somewhere in Alaska a Village is Missing it's Idiot" !!!

Mike

Posted by: imiga | November 4, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I just want the damn election over with. It's been so filled with hate and dishonesty, I've fantasized about dozing it away in a drug-induced coma. Dr. Nick Riviera could've helped out for a few bucks.

Posted by: McBain1 | November 4, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Vote with your wallets people!! ~

"Overall, the S&P 500 generated a median 62 percent advance from the time a Democrat is elected in November or elevated from the vice presidency until the next president is chosen. For Republicans, the gain is 28 percent." Bloomberg News 04 Nov 2008

Posted by: oneman | November 4, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Vote Edgar for President

Edgar represents the EXTREME GREEN SS, and recommends elimination of the human disease from Planet Earth..We are in favor of all wars, diseases and anything which will remove the Human Virus from the universe.. Vote Edgar For President!!

http://www.homevideos.com/freezeframes8/mib324.jpeg

Posted by: frak | November 4, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Not only will I be voting for Obama shortly but I'll be voting for Jeff Morris for congress. This is indeed a great day for everyone but the Republicans who have proven themselves unworthy to govern.

Posted by: bfjackjernigan | November 4, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Black Panthers(with billy club) Suppress MCCain Voters IN PHILLY POLLING PLACE.

Change is coming!

http://mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dcpsychic | November 4, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

after Obama will be elected, what should be done troops were calling on all sides.
secondly, do you find that Israel will change its gaze to a white house run by a different man?

Posted by: Ftelina | November 4, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

The Day of Reckoning is upon us. Truth will finally and utterly speak to Power and all of those who played on Fear and Ignorance will now see the final tranformative power of Hope and Reason. My only concenr is that I hope the conservative Right that has held a slim stranglehold on this country for what seems like a lifetime will be able to swallow the results and resolve their differences with the rest of us. \for even in their drunken displays of aloof power when hypocrites seem to fill their party to bursting (scandals, mismanaged wars, devalued dollar and the like) they felt that since they were somehow in the 51% majority that they were right...well, this is gonna be a landslide and the Majority who puts Presdient Obama in the White House will show much more compassion than was shown to them and I hope the Neocon Rights realize that the End that has befallen them is the same end that befalls in cannibalistic regime that sacrifices it's own for the sake of a few...Selha, and Godspeed. and remember there is only One America.
-YOW

Posted by: mynamesyow | November 4, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

While all us Libs may be celebrating tonight and enjoying ourselves - remember -

After we buried Goldwater in '64 we thought we had a liberal "consensus".

We pushed through Great Society programs without a care. The feeble GOP could do little to oppose us.

We passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. We were so proud of ourselves.

In 1968 Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States.

Enjoy the moment.....

Posted by: toritto | November 4, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Biden was turned away earlier today from voting in his Delaware precinct for "wearing the likeness or image of a candidate for president."

See DEL. CODE ANN. tit. 15 4942 (20050) Electioneering in polling place; (a) No election officer, challenger or any other person within the poling place or within 50 feet of the entrance to the building in which the voting room is located shall electioneer during the conduct of the election. (d) "Electioneering" includes...the wearing of any button, banner or other object referring to the issues, candidates or partisan topics...into the polling place or the area within 50 feet of the entrance to the building in which the voting room is located.

Posted by: areddy1 | November 4, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama, from his memoir, "Dreams From My Father": "To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully ..... The Marxist professors (those who teach the ideals of Karl Marx, writer of the Communist Manifesto) and structural feminists."

Communism doesn't work. It has always failed.

Posted by: American_Citizen | November 4, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Its been such an amazing trip... two years on and we've seen two candidates work harder and longer than anyone should simply because they both love - truly love - their country. I am a life-long Democrat but I salute each and every person who has taken part in this wonderful exercise. Another comprehensive look back - http://tinyurl.com/6dxnz7

Posted by: maconrocks | November 4, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I hope so much Obama wins, when i think how the economy would sink under a mccain administration i shudder because i know i cant aford higher prices on everything from eggs to gas to healthcare and i hope we as a country can and will at last do better than another republican joined at the hip to bushboy.Obama/Biden08

Posted by: smorrow | November 4, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

One Last Audacious Hope-

Pollsters ponder racial bias among U.S. voters - and in their own polls
By Kate Zernike Published: October 12, 2008
International Herald Tribune

Three weeks to Election Day, and polls project a victory, possibly a big one, for Barack Obama.

Yet everywhere, anxious Democrats wring their hands. They have seen this Lucy-and-the-football routine before, and they are just waiting for their ball to be snatched away, the foiled Charlie Browns again. Remember how the exit polls in 2004 predicted President John Kerry?

The anxiety is more acute this year, because Obama is the first African-American major-party presidential nominee. And even pollsters say they cannot be sure how accurately polls capture people's feelings about race, or how forthcoming Americans are in talking about a black candidate.

In recent days, nervous Obama supporters have traded worry about a survey - widely disputed by pollsters yet voraciously consumed by the politically obsessed - that concluded racial bias would cost Obama six percentage points in the final outcome. He is, of course, about six points ahead in current polls. See? He's going to lose.

If he does, it would not be the first time that polls have overstated support for an African-American candidate. Since 1982, people have talked about the Bradley effect, where even last-minute polls predict a wide margin of victory, yet the black candidate goes on to lose, or win in a squeaker. (In the case that lent the phenomenon its name, Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles, lost his race for governor, the assumption being that voters lied to pollsters about their support for an African-American.)

Kohut conducted a study in 1997 looking at differences between people who readily agreed to be polled and those who agreed only after one or more call-backs. Reluctant participants were significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward blacks - 15 percent said they had a "very favorable" attitude toward them, as opposed to 24 percent of the ready respondents. "The kinds of people suspicious of surveys are also more intolerant," Kohut said.

Posted by: thecannula | November 4, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"Joe the Plumber, symbolically at least, spoke to another constituency that has shaped the campaign."

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If Joe the Plumber has his own "constituency that has shaped the campaign" then God help the United States.

Posted by: maxfli68 | November 4, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Balz-YOU have my thanks for being an actual Reporter. I feel you in very few ways tilted your views for Partisan Bias.

As far as the Involvement-It was all Left Handed!

The Socialists had their wildest dreams fulfilled,

While the Conservatives got stuck with a RINO!

A RINO who will still find his Old Job waiting, and many Dimocrat Socialists beholding to him.

Illegal Employment, the Single Biggest issue destroying so much in this Country-COMPLETELY Ignored!

Worst of all-The RINO sucking up to La-Raza!

No, it was FAR from as Involved as it SHOULD have been!

And for it, I blame the Media, and it's control of the topics!

Shame on your Co-Workers, and Industry!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 4, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I could write at length extolling the virtues of Barack Obama. But I will assume any reader of this blog already knows the difference between the two candidates. I will keep this brief.

Obama represents a generational shift towards competence, intellect, character, and judgment. An Obama win will instantly renew a sense of optimism about America at home and abroad, and will give us our best chance to climb out of the dark pit the GOP has dug for us. He is pragmatic, responsible, and honest. He is unquestionably the best candidate for the presidency.

But putting that aside, my final argument comes down to two words:

Sarah Palin.

If you are still undecided, and you love your children and your country, you cannot risk putting this proudly ignorant, deeply unprepared, ethically challenged, inarticulate half-wit near a position of power. I don’t like to use fear as a tactic, but we must all legitimately be afraid of a Sarah Palin vice presidency. In America, or anywhere else, her ascent to higher office should never come to pass.

It boils down to this: we are at a defining moment. We must ask ourselves, what kind of country are we going to be?

There is only one answer for those who believe in the best of America.

Barack Obama for President.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/11/03/my-closing-argument-for-obama/

Posted by: nahnopenotquite | November 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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