Dignity restored

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  1. I’m not a “party” man, but last night i found myself in an hotel suite amongst the closest circle of Rep. Bart Stupak. People with four phones on their belts, and a very vested interest in the outcome of the election. It was clear from very early that Stupak had retained his seat, so the mood was laid back. It was probably much more boisterous in the basement conference room where the volunteers and donors were watching results on big screens.

    Stupak has now won reelection seven times, a Democrat navigating the sea of red that is Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He noted that he had never seen a campaign so large, organized, and motivated. It even managed to flip more than half of UP counties for Obama.

    Still, it was the emotion that struck me. People felt like they had regained their nation and it showed. Champagne corks popped, but gentle tears were more prevalent than victory whoops. All agreed that Sen McCain’s speech was a good one; at the very end it sounded like the old McCain had regained his voice. The politicos in the room breathed a sigh of relief that he hadn’t given that speech a month ago.

    The Congressman told me that stabilizing the economy and healthcare top the agenda for the Dems going into this session. I nearly told him that i want my bill of rights back, but he already knows that. Besides, i didn’t want to bring down the honeymoon atmosphere. I’ll tell him in on inauguration weekend. He offered tickets and i don’t see how we can refuse.

    They still call it the white house, but that’s a temporary condition. God bless Chocolate City and its vanilla suburbs.

  2. Dignity, yes. Maturity, yes. Bravery? The jury will be sequestered on that one for the first 100 days.

    Best thing he could do is, right off the bat, promise to close Gitmo.

  3. To simply not be embarrassed every time the leader of our country opens his mouth to speak…