Mixed blessings

Congratulations to all of us as Barack Obama becomes president elect.  In so many ways, our national nightmare is coming to an end.

But the larger picture is bittersweet.  It appears likely that California voters showed more respect to farm animals than to the civil rights of fellow human beings.  We had some disappointments in the Senate races, particularly if Stevens survives in Alaska and Coleman wins in Minnesota by only 500 votes.

Good riddance to Marilyn Musgrave, but how on earth did Christianist whackjob Michele Bachmann survive?  Apparently you really can fool some of the people all of the time.

Several good steps forward, but still much to do.

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