I stayed up until the end, until our President took the stage, until tears were running down my face at his words:
America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.
It wasn’t just the re-election of President Obama that made my heart sing.
Joe Walsh, the man that claimed I don’t exist, lost his reelection bid.
Todd Akin, failed scientist and idiot about rape, was legitimately defeated.
Elizabeth Warren, the woman with an amazing understanding of the economy, won her bid for the Senate.
Maize Hirono will be the first Asian-American woman in the senate.
Tammy Baldwin will be the first openly gay senator.
Here in Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane won the Attorney General spot after having to face one of the ugliest set of attack ads I’ve ever seen – including one in the last few days that basically claimed she accepted bribes (it was really campaign donations) with an actress playing her and accepting envelopes of money.
After watching a campaign full of ridiculous statements about women, it was heartening to see the speakers of those statements sent packing. My heart was singing by the end of the night. It was amazing.
I know many of you don’t feel the same way today. I’m so sorry things didn’t go your way. I believe, though, that what’s important now is that we all work hard toward compromise instead of rancor.
What do you say?