Posted by Irresponsibility
Election 2008 feels like it’s been going on since at least 2005. I can’t quite believe that tomorrow is it; that within the next 36 hours the whole mad circus will start packing up, the bigtop will flutter to the ground, the elephants and donkeys and lions and dancing seals will go back in their cages and the clowns will shuffle off.
Well, not quite (clowns are never unemployed in Washington). Yet I have the same butterfly mix of anticipation and preemptive nostalgia I get on New Year’s Eve: delight at the big party and fresh start to come combined with a wistful sense that something good has slipped irrevocably into the past. This is the iconic American election, our chance to claw back our dignity and have the millennial fresh start denied to us by 2000 Supreme Court coup.
I haven’t been able to do as much as I wanted to for Barack Obama. A donation here, a blog post there and my vote. But I am grateful for the passion and energy of everyone who has worked on his historic campaign. They’ve brought us closer to the brink of hope than we’ve been in a long time.
Cheers! Here’s to tomorrow.