8:15 Thursday morning and msnbc.com still shows North Carolina as a ‘gray’ state. I feel no real emotion at finally picking my first winner in a Presidential election since Carter in ’76. My vote was more a protest against Bush and the last eight years than it was anti-McCain or pro-Obama. As is usually the case in these races, the actual popular vote count is a good indication that although divided, we’re not overwhelmingly for or against one point of view. While I usually claim to be a pessimist, I do see the possibility if we really put ourselves to the task of calmly discussing our differences and fixing some of what is broken.
Something I’ll take my share of the credit for is dumping Elizabeth Dole out of the U.S. Senate. For those of you who aren’t North Carolinians, her campaign really stepped in it (in my opinion) when the ads accusing her opponent as being “godless” started running. Which reminds me, what are all those religious groups who prayed for Obama to lose now thinking? Oh that’s right, it must be “God’s will” that he won. Convenient.