Politics

November 04, 2008

Dreams From My Father
12:00 AM

I entered my Brooklyn voting booth this morning uncertain who would get my vote.Let me explain. My father was a Navy pilot who attended the Naval Academy not long after John McCain. I grew up in Navy towns where you did not see your dad for six months at a time, you went to sleep wondering if he was safe, and you comforted your buddies when their fathers did not come back at all. When I was 13, my father did not come back; he was killed in a plane crash off the USS Kitty Hawk.There are few things I know with certainty that my father would have done if he had lived.

In Defense of Caution
12:00 AM

If history is any guide, the decisions that a President-Elect Obama makes over the next few months will shape his administration. By the end of February, he will have to define his top domestic priorities, submit a budget, and begin the difficult process of unwinding America’s combat presence in Iraq. The good news is that the terms of his victory likely will have left him some room to maneuver.

In Defense Of Caution
12:00 AM

If history is any guide, the decisions that a President-Elect Obama makes over the next few months will shape his administration. By the end of February, he will have to define his top domestic priorities, submit a budget, and begin the difficult process of unwinding America's combat presence in Iraq. The good news is that the terms of his victory likely will have left him some room to maneuver.

Let's Celebrate--and Choose Not To Indulge In The Following Studiously Glum Thoughts
12:00 AM

The Bradley Effect. "God damn America!" "Kill him!" "Why can't he close the deal?" "Isn't he a Muslim?" The "terrorist fist jab." The New Yorker cover. Michelle's chimerical "whitey" speech. After all of the aggrieved musings and smug insistences, the deal is done. And now, let's celebrate. Don't talk about how Obama didn't win by enough points. Okay: There are whites out there who didn't vote for him because of, or partly because of, his color. We heard all about them in a thousand earnest newspaper and magazine articles all summer and fall. We were told to worry. We did.

Mccain's Concession Speech
12:00 AM

McCain just gave an incredibly gracious concession speech. He spent the first few minutes reflecting on America's history of racism--and the moral significance of electing an African-American. He saluted Obama for inspiring so many young people and first-time voters, then offered his sympathies for the death of Obama's grandmother. The address contained not a whiff of ideology or partisanship. Instead, McCain called upon all Americans, even those who had voted for him, to offer the new administration its support and seek common ground.

Remember When...
12:00 AM

...John Edwards was implying--if not quite saying outright--that it would take another Southern white male to bring Democrats back to the White House? --Michael Crowley

Rahm To Wh?
12:00 AM

Per Roll Call, sure looks like it: Senior Democrats on and off Capitol Hill were becoming increasingly convinced late Tuesday that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) is preparing to quit his post as the fourth-ranking House Democrat to accept a job as White House chief of staff in an Obama administration.... Several sources said Emanuel has not yet informed his fellow House Democratic leaders of any decision, but that he has told other confidants that he is going to accept an offer to join Obama’s administration. --Michael Crowley

What's Grover Norquist Doing Today?
12:00 AM

We asked a few politicos if they have any Election Day rituals or superstitions that they adhere to. Here's anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist. During the day I write, because there's not too much else to do. In 2004 I got a call from Zogby at 2 p.m. telling me that Kerry is sweeping the country. I had an article due the next day, so I wrote about what happens now that Democrats control the White House. So, of course, I had to re-write that. Normally, I also go out to a party at night.

Photo Of The Day
12:00 AM

A U.S. Military officer carries the 'football,' which contains nuclear launch codes, outside the White House on January 7, 2002 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) --Michael Crowley

More Good News For Obama
12:00 AM

The Redskins lost: On Monday, the Washington Redskins lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6. Since 1936, if the Redskins lost their last home game before Election Day, the party that lost the popular vote in the previous election wound up in the White House. If the Redskins won, the party that won the popular vote in the previous election won again. --Michael Crowley

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