Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Election night reflection

I just got back home a couple of hours ago and wanted to get in a few thoughts before bed.

I spent the majority of the evening at a party for Bernalillo County Commissioner-Elect Art De La Cruz. A very special congratulations to Commissioner De La Cruz as well as New Mexico's newly minted elected officials including Senator-Elect Tom Udall and Representative Martin Heinrich.

And of course, the biggest news from tonight, congratulations to President-Elect Barack Obama.

Tonight I celebrate. I joined with other democrats tonight, energized and excited by this electric election. We celebrated every win and toasted to the success of the democratic party.

Tomorrow we work. Change is not automatic. No new legislation has passed overnight, no new bills have been drafted. Our problems remain: a shaky economy; domestic and social issues to be resolved; simultaneous wars; and a country recovering from intense and prolonged emotions from an unusually lengthy election season. It's time to get to work.

So let's take a breath and take a break from the name calling and negativity. I'm surprised at the level of post-election anger - almost as surprised at the levels it reached during the election. It's hard to stomach sometimes.

With all that said, let me get to bed and get a good long rest. Tomorrow is a brand new start.

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