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8th-Nov-2006 08:10 am
Pol: Gettysburg address
Election returns are making me happy. Deval Patrick’s victory for Massachusetts governor was no surprise at all, but I’m sure excited about it. Similarly, Democratic control of the House was no surprise, but I’m happy about the apparent margin. And things are looking hopeful in the two Senate races that haven’t been called yet (Virginia and Montana); if the Democratic lead holds in those two races (and Joementum doesn’t bolt), Democrats take the Senate. It felt really good clicking reload and seeing candidates I’d given money to win. (Although a couple — Ford in Tennessee and Carter in Nevada — did lose. [EDIT: Oh, and Lamont, of course.])

Wow, Patrick’s victory speech was great. I envy my friends who were in the room for it. He seemed genuinely humble. I guess it’s easier to be magnanimous and inclusive when you’ve won by 20 points. :-)

On the bad side, my back has been hurting for a few days, and I woke up around 6:00am groaning in pain. Breathing hurt. After some naproxen sodium and a hot shower I’m feeling a lot better.
Comments 
8th-Nov-2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
not just Patrick, but Coakley too!

hope your back feels better.
8th-Nov-2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
8th-Nov-2006 02:52 pm (UTC)
I guess it’s easier to be magnanimous and inclusive when you’ve won by 20 points. :-)

Perhaps -- but all too often I've seen successful candidates just focus on thank-yous and on how wonderful it will be for everyone that they've been elected (cases in point, Tim Murray and Ted Kennedy last night).
8th-Nov-2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Kennedy probably could have been telling people all through the campaign “vote for Ken Chase; he’s a better man than I am” and still have won. :-) Anyway, Patrick’s victory speech makes me feel really good about how he’ll behave as governor. The country has enough politicians; it needs more statesmen and -women, and I think Patrick is both.
9th-Nov-2006 01:16 am (UTC)
it needs more statesmen and -women, and I think Patrick is both.

Deval Patrick is also the nation's first transexual governor? Who knew?!?
9th-Nov-2006 10:16 am (UTC)
No, that would be “has been both”. Maybe intersexed? Or perhaps he’s a god, and contains all genders.
8th-Nov-2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
The victory party was definitely a great time. I laughed, I cried, I griped about being kept in a three hour news vacuum. I also got to shake Deval's hand and thank him for running such a clean and upbeat campaign.

But it would have absolutely killed your back. You made a wise choice.
8th-Nov-2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
I wasn’t doing so badly yesterday; I think it was several hours of lying in bed that really made my back worse.

On the other hand, I probably wouldn’t have gotten quite so many smooches at the victory party as I did at dinner with plumtreeblossom. :-)
8th-Nov-2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
I cried too :) It was a really incredible night.
8th-Nov-2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Wow. Your back sounds seriously bad, if breathing hurts. *hug* Hope it's all better soon.
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