I’m fortunate enough to live in a nexus of Democratic resurgence, where two close races helped the Democrats to victory in the House of Representatives. Last night around 9:30 I let out a whoop that startled my kids, when incumbent Rep. Anne Northup (R, KY) conceded defeat across the river in Louisville. By 10:00 it was apparent that Rep. Mike Sodrel (R, IN) was also going down by a narrow margin to once and future Rep. Baron Hill. When I went upstairs to say goodnight to my daughter, I was so excited that I was literally dancing around her room. I finally went to bed around midnight, once the House was secure, having come to terms with not having regained the Senate. But this morning, with more votes counted, it looks like we may win there, too.
“President” Bush is speaking at 1:00, and for once I may force myself to listen to his voice just to hear how he sounds now that he, Cheney, and Rove have been proven wrong about the election. I don’t think he knows how to do humble, and I’m sure he’ll never admit that the people have sent a clear message about Iraq, but I want to hear him admit that he lost.
As for him, we have only 803 days left. After the polls closed last night, my husband, daughter, and I had exellent pizza with others who had worked for the local Democratic party, and we all agreed that surely the next president can only be an improvement, whichever party wins.
Also, in an interesting mini-focus-group moment of the sort the national Democratic party should pay attention to, all 6 women at the table (ranging in age from teens to 50s) agreed that Hillary Clinton cannot win in 2008, and that we’re all passionately in favor of a Barack Obama candidacy.
Fortunately, we have a few months (I hope!) before the next wave of political advertising begins. Meanwhile, am I happy today? You’d better believe it!