That's the headline on the full-page front of today's Post-Dispatch.
I watched a few more states turn blue even after Obama's speech last night. I couldn't help it. I was all caught up in the process. It was very hard to go to sleep.
Is our country now magically cured, all its ills solved, its diminished capacity on so many levels suddenly restored? No. Those efforts haven't even started.
But do I feel like some of those things are possible on some level? Yes. And for right now, that's enough. Take a deep breath. Let the victors savor the moment. There certainly is a lot for them to feel good about accomplishing.
Then the real battle, the true march begins. The one that sets about doing some of the things that have been so ardently promised during the past two years. Will all of it happen? The reality is that there's no way that it can. Things have taken a sharper turn than anyone might have anticipated so the to-do list is long and overbearing.
For that, I will cut some slack. Some. But ...
Let's not forget that it will be hard. There will be disagreements and dissension. And it will look impossible. But ... so did last night. I never in my life thought I would see a variety of the things I saw last night. Nor did I ever think I would feel so good about them.
We -- or at least a lot of us -- elected a whole bunch of new people last night. Let's not forget why. And let's not let them forget either. That's our job. But it's also our job to help, not hinder, their efforts. So, if you voted them in, that's your job, too.
The evening ended with a powerful speech. And there are plenty among us to say, "Yeah, more nice words." As someone who truly understands and appreciates the impact of those words, I agree to a point. They were very nice words. That's how people are attracted -- initially. By someone who can vocalize their convictions in a charismatic way.
Transforming those convictions into action -- that's what keeps people attracted, interested, and most of all committed, walking the talk. So, #44, I'm with you. Let's start walking.