McCain gave a wonderful concession speech last night. Which was frequently interrupted by choruses of boos. While he talked about reuniting the country, many jeered. Not at him, but at the very idea of That One winning the election.
This was just another sign of how his own campaign had gotten out of his control. It's no wonder his supporters were unable to share his humility and acceptance. After all, he'd spent the better half of the last year driving a wedge between people. Allowing labels like "terrorist" and "Muslim extremist" and "socialist" to be tossed about willy-nilly, with no regard of the negative effect that has on the entire country, not just his opponent.
So if you're feeling a bit sore about this turn of events, keep in mind that the election was won by a man who inspires his nation with a promise of a better future. He inspires the world, which wants to believe that America will once again be a beacon of hope, and not the cynical fearful giant it has been.
Obama didn't run a negative-free campaign, I understand. No one seems to be able to stay squeaky clean the whole way through in this game. But he was certainly the least negative. Never did Obama call his opponent's patriotism, heroism, or faith into question. McCain's campaign can not claim the same (how's that for a rhyme scheme?).
Let no one say that the candidate who stood for hope and optimism did not win. So if Obama wasn't your candidate, I urge you to think long and hard about what he means to the majority that elected him. Then you can continue to be negative if you want. And if that's the case, then it's clear why Obama wasn't your guy.
And to all of you who feel like leaving the country, please let me know if there's anything I can do to make your move easier.