My buddy writes (I’ll ID him in the Morning):
Allow me a purple moment:
It’s too soon to say (and I risk reading WAY too much into what is but one election) but if Bush wins in the way it’s looking he will win, with the states like Florida and Ohio breaking in the manner in which they are, I can’t help but think this is Jacksonian America – tribal, but wise — asserting itself. And doing so without bravado, but nevertheless in a convincing manner; wishing to send a message to the rest of the world about the freedoms it guards with jealous intensity and its quiet but relentless faith in the future. If nothing else, I hope this gives enormous hope to the rest of the world that wondered if America would remain that “last best hope”. And I pray we ensure those hopes are not false ones.