I'm afraid to go to sleep tonight. Four years ago, I cautiously dozed off, television in the background, hoping the vote count in Ohio that was too close to call before midnight would turn the state blue. But a rude awakening slapped me across the face and I've been mourning the results since. And I'm not even going to mention (oh, I guess I am) the previous election that was so unethically stolen from the rightful winner that our founding fathers most certainly rolled over in their graves and considered a return trip to England.
So here I sit, listening to pundits and politicians carefully hint to me that my favorite front runner since way back when might very well become the 44th president of these United States. And I don't think I'll hit the sack until McCain concedes. This is the most important election in my lifetime. An aging Supreme Court is of enormous concern to me and an Obama win would comfort me greatly, likely continuing the trend of a fairly balanced bench.
There are, of course, numerous other important reasons that this win is so critical in my mind. And I know some of you will wake to your own sad reality tomorrow. I just hope it's the minority of my readers who share that sentiment. The bulk of us will be joyous for the next four years knowing that our passions and efforts have been worthwhile and a promise of change will be realized.