I'm really glad people are getting out. (We decided to vote later today.)
In other news, my sense that Lusher kids are not really representative of the general population was confirmed when Cliette told me the voting results from her homeroom: 20 votes for Obama, 4 votes for Nader, 1 vote for McCain. Fifth graders, I think, tend to vote in packs--once the tipping point is reached for one candidate, they all go like lemmings.
I really am stirred up about the dawn of something new, or renewed, in the United States of America. If we really are a nation of entrepreneurial, pioneering spirit, we have our chance to do something special now.
I haven't done much blogging lately, but I want to say that I think Americans have had a better choice in this presidential election than in any election in my lifetime. I think McCain vs. Obama is the best choice since Eisenhower vs. Stevenson in the fifties (and that was WAY before my lifetime). I really regret that McCain made such a horrible choice in Palin; I attribute that to too much listening to Dubya political operatives. I hope that after today, Governor Palin takes her rightful place as a talk show host on Fox News, giving Oprah a run for her money.
I'm pretty much over being bitter about President George W. Bush, and I am really happy that we can move past the last 8 years of a presidency marked by a deep cynicism about Americans and a frighteningly wrong mix of evangelical end-of-days-ism and power politics. I think that just as we in New Orleans are creating and re-creating something better, Americans can too.