I'm exhausted. I'm already playing the "if we had only" game......and it isn't over. Not by a long shot. There are thousands of provisional ballots and then a probable automatic recount. I lost my cable/phone/internet last night immediately after the N&O posted the final 205th precinct for the 8th. I had no choice but to retire for the...um...morning.
I took a few minutes to regroup after crawling out of bed this morning. I've tried to take it all in. Chris Bowers has a great post up that summarizes the gains we've made. It's all still too hard to believe. Not one Democratic seat was lost to a Republican challenger - at least not yet. We have gains in state legislatures, governor's mansions, the house and the senate.
There was something that really grabbed me. It's been something I've ignored - not really thought about. It is the win that has moved me to tears of joy this morning. Those of us with daughters might understand a little better the impact this one win will have on our lives - or at least their lives.
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Progressives across the country are sharing in this joy. As much as I would like to say it's a pure, unblemished joy, I will admit that there is this tiny little crevice of my heart that is enjoying the idea that Republicans across the country are hating the prospect of Nancy Pelosi as the most powerful woman in the United States.
Jane Hamsher at FiredogLake says it best, I think:
The most powerful woman in US history. Two words guaranteed to reduce any wingnut to a puddle of piss — Speaker Pelosi.
Thank goodness it's only a tiny little crevice, but trust me, it's there.