Was it when Ohio went for President Barack Obama? When the Greenwich, Connecticut electorate went Democrat for the first time since the Lyndon Johnson landslide in 1964?
Point being, a lot of us still had doubts, knowing America's byzantine voting procedures. On some level, we knew this day would come.
The gut feeling that Sen. Obama would pull this out has been here since mid-May, during the nomination fight (remember the media kept saying "presumptive nominee," even thought Sen. Hillary Clinton was mathematically eliminated), after reading a Politico piece on Jeffrey Berman, his director of delegate selection and his "detailed, Bill-Jamesesque approach to the game of politics."
"Analysts trying to explain Obama’s rise and Clinton’s fall tend to point to the big picture: Obama’s inspirational message, the drag of the Iraq war, the past and the future. But the heart of Obama’s victory has been technical and tactical — to the frustration and disbelief of Clinton’s inner circle."For sure, this win belonged to everyone, especially the voters who had been told implicitly for eight years that they were less than real Americans by the Bush-Cheney camp -- African-Americans, minorities, women, younger voters. It is a lot more fun to talk about the audacity of hope, or to harken back to a November night four years ago, sitting in a bar in Simcoe, Ont., with a political-junkie colleague and The Legendary Chris Thomas, feeling heartsick over the outcome.
However, it is one thing to believe. It is another to know -- like Emerson said, one person who has a mind and knows it can beat 10 who haven't and don't. Obama and his team were the smartest folks in the room, and isn't it great for that phrase to have an entirely different connotation. What's also great is being able to get away from discuss politics on a blog about sports for the next little while.
The Obama campaign's 'unsung hero' (Ben Smith and Avi Zenilman, Politico, May 12, 2008)
No We Can't, White Folks; Now that Obama has won, here are five things white people shouldn't do (Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson, TheRoot.com)
No We Can't, Black Folks; Our man is going to the White House. Now here are five things black people shouldn't do (TheRoot.com)
When history's unfolding, don't get in the way (Adam Radwanski)