Wednesday, November 5, 2008
As if by serendipity as I type this, Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," with its monster groove and chorus ("Baby, everything is alright/Uptight, outta sight!") comes up on my i-pod. Have to run to teach, and won't have much time to post today, so can I just say how cool it is to see the words "President-Elect Obama" all over the news today? Holy crap, that feels great!
UPDATE (12:20 P.M.): Just saw that Indiana went for Obama. Indiana, which hasn't voted for a Dem for President since 1960. Indiana, where I voted in my first presidential election in 1992 (well, actually I voted absentee, but was in Indiana), where I remember the wild celebration when Clinton won that year, which included a bunch of us jumping into the fountain in the center of the IU campus. Indiana, always the splotch of red in a sea of electoral blue. Indiana, whose racial history in the 20th Century has often been an embarrassment to so many of the extraordinarily good people who live there. Indy-frackin'-ana. I am speechless, actually, but very, very glad. And with North Carolina still (as far as I can see) uncalled, this could be an even bigger election than we thought last night.