Grant Park, Chicago, November 4, 2008. The scene was surreal, beautiful, haunting, lovely, incredible ... hopeful.
Could it be that we, as a country, will begin to actually put into practice our rhetoric about freedom, and peace and opportunity?
Joe Galloway is a believer:
"Here's to the American people, the electorate, for finally coming to their senses and voting for something different, for someone different and for a chance to fix the multitude of man-made disasters that confront us.
"By their votes, the Republican revolution and all it's wrought - an economic meltdown, two endless wars, class warfare that's enriched the very rich and beggared everyone else and a treasury bulging only with IOU's -- will be crushed.
"That revolution began to take root with the criminality of Richard Nixon's administration, with its paranoid enemies list. It gathered steam in the time of Ronald Reagan and with Newt Gingrich's seizure of Congress. ...
"High tide arrived with the unlikeliest occupant of the Oval Office in our history, the beady-eyed, smirking, tongue-tied, counterfeit cowboy George W. Bush, and a Congress that after 9-11 was ru by runaway Republicans who were too busy enriching themselves and their friends to care what their president was doing to the country, the Constitution and even their own party.
"Little wonder, then, that Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Paliln will go down to defeat after a campaign of sheer desperation that's been nasty, brutish and long. ..."
McClatchy's article encapsulated much of what has been going through my mind since last night. You can read all of it here.