Nobody’s rioting in the streets, but I know more than one person who seems extra intent on leaving the country after the election. Others are shocked and certain that we’re all headed for four more years of misery. With the addition of Republican seats in both houses of Congress, we’re certainly in for an interesting time. For what it’s worth, though, I don’t believe that either candidate wholly represented our best interests. I can’t even say that either one was 75% right. At best, I’d have to say that Kerry was about 55% in line with my beliefs; apparently the rest of the country thinks different. What’s more telling is the geographical distribution of electoral votes. While call-in viewers on C-Span like to rant and rave about the lack of education in the South or the Midwest, I think a more accurate explanation is the very clear diversity of values as you traverse the country. I also think that the country is clearly geographically divided into groups of ideological and practical voters, with only a few inconsistencies.

I can’t say that I’m happy about the election, but I really can’t say that I’m floored with disappointment. When faced with two disappointing choices, either option brings with it some amount of hope with its grievances. I think we’ll make some gains in the next four years, but I also think that 2008 will bring about a stronger call for change, and I think the Democratic party will be ready to answer it.

Of course, maybe by then the Republicans will give me a reason to vote for my party, for once. That would be nice.

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