Well, it’s official. Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States. Fox and NBC have called the race.
It’s a historic moment.
Here’s my promise to you: As long as I can still publish a blog and speak my mind openly about the next denizen of the White House, I will.
First order of business: He can now change the “0” to a “1.”
Second order of business: Will he bring the Greek columns out for Inauguration Day?
Commenter Valiant: “Third order of business: De-brand the GOP of McCain and the idea that we need a RINO because ‘he can win.’ Never again.”
11:26pm Eastern. McCain concedes: “I will not spend a moment regretting for a moment what might have been.” Mention of Sarah Palin gets the loudest applause.
11:43pm Eastern. A few general notes on tonight’s outcome:
*Obama’s popular vote total is a lot smaller than most polls showed.
*The Senate GOP massacre was not as bad as expected. Still waiting on Minnesota and Oregon and a few others.
*The ballot initiatives are a bellwether. Gay marriage and racial preferences are electoral losers. (Update: Nebraska civil rights initiative passes; too close to call in Colorado.)
*Pandering on amnesty did not help McCain. In California, McCain won a whopping 16 percent of the Latino vote. (Update: now 21 percent.) By comparison, Pete Wilson managed 23 percent of the Hispanic vote in 1994 (the same year the much-loathed Prop. 187 passed).
Democrats won the White House, but they do not have an unfettered mandate for left-wing policies across the board.
Republicans need to learn from their losses. First step: Don’t put the same old, same old capitulationists and re-branding pimps in leadership positions.
You know the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
President Bush congratulates Obama: “Awesome.”
12:01am Eastern. Obama is giving his victory speech in front of more American flags than ever. Congratulates McCain and Palin.
Oh, man. He just thanked The Vice President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden, and The Nation’s Next First Lady, Michelle Obama.
He thanks his daughters (who will get a new puppy) and his other family members.
Thanks David Plouffe and David Axelrod.
“The challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime.” Here we go: mortgages, college education, saving the planet. “Our climb will be steep.”
But don’t worry, Peggy, you’ll get your gas and bills paid!
12:11am Eastern. Obama addresses opponents: “I will be your president, too.” Then he turns to his real constitutency: Citizens of the World. “There’s a new dawn in America.”
Fidel Castro applauds.
Obama’s now leading a creepy, cult-ish “Yes, We Can” call and refrain.
Obama declares it the new national creed.
Last word to Bill Whittle, who puts things in proper perspective, as always.