It has been a long drive home from Las Vegas. Last night, we were surrounded by cheers, endless crowds of smiling faces, people beside themselves with joy. I'm sorry i missed the party in the streets of Berkeley, though. I hear the town went wild last night, in a wonderful way.
It is such an odd and alien feeling to experience a political victory. After having experienced nothing but defeat since getting involved in political campaigns, and reading terrible headline after terrible headline in the news, i don't think i truly believed that it was possible to win. I wonder how different the experience of politics must be to all those people for whom this was their first campaign — for their introduction to politics to be a tremendously uplifting event rather than a crushing one.
It is really hard for me not to be overwhelmed as i think about what this means, in so many ways. It means a new energy policy and a new direction in health policy. But it means so much more beyond policy: it's the glimmer of a new approach to campaigning, a new understanding of what is acceptable and unacceptable in politics, and a new sense of what it means to be American. The people of this country have finally realized that all of us are in this together.
I am not an American. But here is what i feel today: America is growing up. The bickering children are being sent home. Sensible adult leadership has arrived.