Wednesday, November 5, 2008
So much going on today and I'm too busy soaking it all in to write about it. Luckily, some people went to work today...
The New York Times weighs in
The New York Times editorial sums up the key to Obama's win and surprise, it wasn't just race.
"His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens. He offered a government that does not try to solve every problem but will do those things beyond the power of individual citizens: to regulate the economy fairly, keep the air clean and the food safe, ensure that the sick have access to health care, and educate children to compete in a globalized world."
Obama's Transition Team
Obama isn't wasting any time. This is a good sign. He definitely will need to hit the ground running as there is a lot of work that has to be done. His first year will be vital.
According to ABC News, he has put together a transition team.
"Former White House chief of staff John Podesta, Obama family friend/businesswoman Valier Jarrett, and Obama campaign chief of staff Pete Rouse, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, former Clinton Transportation and Energy Secretary Federico Peña, and former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley."
Other interesting reads
As Below the Beltway notes, the Republicans must learn from this defeat. I'm definitely not a conservative, but the country needs as many viable political parties as possible.
A Thin Man ponders if we are no longer racist.
The Reaction still revels in it all, but realizes there is tough work ahead.