It’s now a quarter before midnight Eastern. A few minutes before 11, NBC called Virginia for Obama, and at the top of the hour, as the polls closed in the West, he was simultaneously pronounced the victor across the airwaves. By 11:15, McCain was delivering a magnificently graceful and thoughtful concession speech, hitting all the right notes.
The most emotional coverage has been on the African-American-oriented channels, TV One and BET, as commentators reminisce about their own experiences, discuss the struggle of black America through the centuries, and marvel at the moment of fulfillment and triumph tonight.
After Obama delivers his address, a few minutes from now, it will be time for a post about how the composition of the next Congress is shaping up. In Maryland, where I live, the other election news of note is that a majority of the electorate, probably none too wisely, gave in to pressure from various bigwigs and approved a constitutional amendment which will result in the installation of thousands of slot machines at area racetracks.