Despite voting with George W. Bush 94.4% of the time, this fall Calvert distributed mailers without a single mention that he belonged to the Republican party, proclaiming himself "An Independent."
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While it may anger some of my fellow conservatives, I want President-elect Obama to succeed. More than that, I need him to succeed. Rhetoric is easy but results are hard and often fleeting.
So this is what it's like to feel proud to be an American again. And at the very same time, we are supremely filled with shame as Californians.
My colleagues and I developed this analysis over the past couple days. Highlights include
* The Electoral College landscape of true swing states in f...
There was communal joy over the election of Barack Obama but also a physical sense of release amounting to a national convulsion.
The French are upfront about the fact that Obama is celebrated for his symbolism: as a black man, as the new Kennedy, as the man who will open European-American relations.
Obama is in the House, which was the goal. But what happens to us now - those who are part of his massive database of names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and Twitter accounts?
I feel as if America just took a shower. This country has never felt so clean and fresh and reinvigorated.
Without first acquiring a track record of reaching across the aisle, one of the greatest opportunities to create a modern "New Deal" to help Americans across the country will be lost.
Last night, American expatriates and our interested French brethren gathered to celebrate, drink champagne and dance with their necks craned painfully so as to have an eye constantly on CNN.
I've been consistently wrong about our President-Elect since way back in January. I think I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Defeat-ocrat -- someone who looks for the cloud in every electoral silver lining.
The historic 2008 presidential election is over and the main casualty is the Republican Party.
Obama's job will not be easy, but he has indeed demonstrated the kind of curiosity, intelligence, judgment, resolve and presence of mind, and the ability to inspire, that great leaders are made of.
It's nearly impossible to grasp the sheer gravity of this moment. All watched with gaping mouths, transfixed by pride and disbelief, as Obama appeared for the first time as the next President.
Obama's victory ends the nightmare of the last eight years of the Bush Era, during which time the rule of law has taken a back seat to self-interest and aggrandizement of power.
What we witnessed last night and what we're still feeling the aftershocks of this morning is, in a word, history.
"It's been a long, a long time coming / But I know a change gonna come / Oh, yes it will" ~ Sam Cooke
In reverse chronological order, here are scenes...
History will show that Palin's nomination was an abomination, an affront to reason, and an insult to the American people.
Obama's victory does not spell the end of racial disparity in America, but it is a ringing sign of progress, a triumph on the road to greater equality and realizing the Dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. revealed to us.
Among the many celebrating Barack Obama's victory today are environmentalists. Here's what some have to say:
Every four years, like a broken record, we are subjected to the refrain from Republicans that "this is gong to be the year the Jewish community votes Republican," but it never proves true.
The election of Illinois Senator Barack Obama as America's 44th president is astounding, historical, implausible, improbable and completely without precedent.
Regardless of your political beliefs you have to appreciate that this little known man persuaded the citizens of this country to go out and elect him President of the US.
Now that the heat of the campaign season is behind us, we hope Obama will stop pretending that "clean coal" is a realistic way to reduce carbon emissions and achieve energy independence.
Barack Obama, his staff, and his agents were brave enough and smart enough to figure out how to make him as accessible as possible without sacrificing his security.
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