If you recall, during the primary elections, Obama supporters throughout the blogosphere were angry with our now-President-elect because he refused to get down and dirty with Hillary Clinton.
You're gonna let Billary get away with that? Where are your brass nuggets, man? We're growing afraid you're just a wimp.
Oh how short our memories were after Obama won the Democratic primaries and jumped into the ring with McCain.
WHAT? You're going to let that man incite the racist nuts in this country, and you're going to be gracious to him during debates? We're really starting to wonder if you have what it takes to be President, Mr. Obama.
Yet once again, the general election proved that a steady head, backed by strong character (and a better set of policies to save this nation) can, did, and should always win.
I noticed something interesting when both Hillary Clinton and John McCain were forced to concede to Barack Obama. Both concessions contained a mix of humility, sincerity, respect and calm that magically disappeared during their ambitious, self-serving campaigns.
In fact, McCain's concession gave me the first twinge of "like" that I ever felt for McCain. And no, it wasn't because I was elated that McCain lost. It was because I sensed a hint of the "great man" so many claim that McCain used to be. For the first time in the campaign, I saw McCain raise his hands to squash the "booing" of Obama from the audience. I even saw a glimmer of respect for Obama flash across McCain's face, instead of the "shouldn't you be shining my shoes, boy?"
In fact, John McCain and Hillary Clinton's concession speeches were more like exorcisms... banishing evidence of evil alter egos from their bodies.
Even though Obama supporters often went blood-thirsty during the campaign, our President-elect maintained his character in the hottest pits. And there are only two possible reasons why Hillary Clinton and John McCain couldn't hold it together:
They were either blinded by ambition and lost themselves in the process... or the process brought out their true character. To me, neither reason inspires me to trust either of them with the Presidency.
By the way, did I mention how utterly off-the-chart giddy-happy-nervous-surprised-excited-relieved that Barack Obama is the next President?
How can you not love the one who didn't require Exorcism via Concession?