Wednesday Morning Open Thread

Good morning. And, I mean that. It is a good morning.

I just watched the first half hour of the TODAY Show. It made me realize again just how emotional the election results are.

Our country finally has the leader we deserve. And, the reaction has been astounding.

Last night, as Rob mentioned, we went to the spontaneous rally down by the White House. I’ve lived in D.C. for fifteen years and have never seen this city show that level of excitement about anything. It was truly astounding. This city was rocking (and D.C. doesn’t rock) — the same thing was happening around the country.

Actually, it was happening around the world. One of my cousins in Ireland sent me this email: “everyone here is over the moon. you have never seen so such excitement here over an US election.” Even in the US, we have never seen so much excitement.

Still sorting through the Senate and House results. Many have yet to be called including the Senate races in Minnesota, Oregon and Alaska.

And, it was a bittersweet night in California: It looks like Proposition 8, which eliminates same-sex marriage, passed. More on that later, too.

We made history last night. Yes we did. After eight long years, we are part of the fabric of this country again.

Let’s start threading the news…there’s a lot to discuss


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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