I’m home from the Minnesota DFL victory party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul. I’m quite literally finding it hard to keep my eyes open. But before I go to bed, I need to memorialize the moment.
This election, of course, is about many things. It’s about moving beyond contrived divisions. It’s about a new direction for American foreign policy. It’s about the rejection of a certain lovely brand of attack-dog politics. It’s about a coalition of all races, ages, and backgrounds coming together to put the first African-American in the White House.
From our Electoral College standpoint, what’s interesting about Obama’s victory is not just the large electoral-vote majority he won (at this writing, 364 to 163 with 11 up in the air). It’s the astounding wave of popular participation Barack Obama inspired, and which in turn made this victory possible.
While the Electoral College was necessarily a part of the plan, the Obama campaign was light years beyond the kind of tactical electoral-vote nickel-and-diming with which Democrats had become too comfortable. This campaign was about both deepening and widening the base, tapping into latent Democratic support across all 50 states. It was about realizing that electoral maps are made to be broken. Indeed, that’s exactly what campaigns are for.