That said, allow me to interrupt this moment of froufara with a bit of a reality check.
I remarked to my wife this morning that we've finally stepped into the 21st Century. And she said, "No, we've stepped into the 20th."
She's right. Race and gender should have been a non-issue. We should have walked away from that crap decades ago. By now we should have already seen this. Instead, we have had to grind our way through years of bigotry and fear just to get to this point.
Not to reduce Obama's achievement, because it is an immense achievement, but he had help. If it wasn't for the GOP fucking things up so badly over the course of the last 8 years I don't think he would have stood a chance in some key states. I think The Onion nailed it on the head with their story this morning, Nation Finally Shitty Enough To Make Social Progress.
The United States did not vote for the Democrats, we voted for Obama. He was responsible for pulling people together, for bridging divides and getting the votes of conservatives and liberals. The Democrats got lucky with a man who can comport himself as a leader, rather than just a runner of a country. They haven't had that sort of candidate in a very long time.
The nation is still just as purple as it was yesterday. The Democrats did not wake up to some liberal Utopia. Same sex marriage was banned in three states, for example, two of which had gone clearly for Obama. Though the Democrats made some sweeping changes to the political landscape, they owe it hands down to him.
The economy is still in the toilet. We're still in Iraq with no clear way out. Our energy policy is a shambles. Come January 20th, when Obama takes the mantle of his office, all those things will be true.
The election was the easy part. Now it's time to get to work.