I was overly optimistic in calling a majority in North Dakota as voting for Obama. Indiana, Montana, Missouri, and North Carolina remain to be seen. But it certainly is a landslide!
Our forty-fourth president-elect, Barack Hussein Obama.
Almost two years of the longest presidential campaign we’ve ever known are about to draw to a close.
Today, there was a 90-year-old man at the Obama office in Bay View proudly wearing a “Republicans for Obama” pin. He was going to go out and do doors!
Thanks to the campaign, I’ve been to parts of Milwaukee I never would have gone to otherwise. And know what? The people on Third and Lincoln, at Thirty-third and Silver Spring, and at Seventh and North Avenue are just like you and me.
In the past twenty-four hours alone, I’ve talked to more African-Americans than I ever have talked to in one sitting in my life. It’s amazing what happens when people look each other in the eye and talk to each other respectfully.
The early results are looking good.
I hope the next four years turn out as good as we hope they will.
So here’s to hope. It feels very good.
I’m keeping a list on the Milwaukee Drinking Liberally blog. We’ll be bouncing around tonight!
That’s just a bad acronym, isn’t it? Even if it is the biggest election of our lives. Still. I did some last-minute GOTV today up in Milwaukee’s heavily African-American north side, which was a lot of fun. I’m glad the campaign sent me across Milwaukee’s bivalve community and up to a neighborhood I’ve not been to. It’s a nice area, east of 35th and on either side of Silver Spring. Every person I spoke to was either going to or already had voted for Obama. There’s a lot of excitement about it, and I hope that after I spend most of tomorrow doing even more GOTV, there’ll be reason to celebrate.
My three readers probably know already that I’m tracking election night parties over at our Drinking Liberally Milwaukee blog. So there you have it.
Also: Dick Cheney’s hometown newspaper just endorsed Obama. Whoops.
Also also: Bay View GOTV —
Unlike, say, John McCain.
While we were out trick-or-treating tonight, I commented to a homeowner who had two Obama stickers in the window, “at least we know this is a friendly house.” She smiled and asked me if I knew where to get an Obama sign. I told her I could get one for her, as I’ve done for two other south side houses. When she said the people next door wanted a sign “really bad” as well, I said “all right, I’ll get two!”
Please comment here if you need a sign, and I can tell you how to get them, too.