But what strikes me when I hear praise for McCain is the deafening sound of silence when we consider Al Gore's amazing concession in 2000.
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What an insult it is to the idea of accountability -- this notion that responsibility for the ugly emotions unleashed by demagoguery this campaign season is wiped away by a concession speech.
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.
John McCain had just given his concession speech and everyone from the anchors to the pundits agreed there was only one word for what the man showed: grace.
The election is over, and at 11:15 EST McCain delivered his concession speech in Arizona, with his wife Cindy and running mate Sarah Palin by his side...
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