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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

These victory montages on MSNBC are something else. What a night. Yes we can.

Obama crosses 270. President-Elect. They're chanting "Yes We Can" on the Daily Show and they're cheering wildly in my house. It's a new day.

Dan gives us his personal assurance that Obama will win Indiana and Missouri—sounds good—while FiveThirtyEight says my Omaha prediction may pan out.

Fox News projects Obama wins Virginia.

Signs of the times: Voters in Colorado and South Dakota on Tuesday rejected anti-abortion initiatives, while Michigan approved medical marijuana and Massachusetts decriminalized the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana, according to NBC projections. It's a new day.

Sarah Palin to speak at 11 PM.

Ezra Klein connects Obama's landslide to the darkly anti-American policies he now has a mandate to implement.

Republican House members have been driven from New England: the last, Chris Shays, has just been voted out.

On a more serious note: Books are going to be written, for decades, about the strength of the Obama organization in achieving this. I've always thought Democrats would win this year, but Obama thought through this race, and the specific structures of election procedure and how best to take advantage of them, in a way we just haven't ever seen. From owning the caucuses to taking full advantage of early voting, Obama and his people seemed to see every angle. Neither Clinton nor McCain ever saw what hit them.

It's a good sign for how they'll govern, as well as the coming generation of progressive activists he's helped train.

Deep thought: For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country.

New thread for a new president. Unbelievable.