Hey guys, did you hear?

Obama won the election! What’s that? You knew?! But it’s only been 4 days! And that’s my exclusive ruined 😦 I hope you’re happy. I stayed up until 4 on Tuesday (Wednesday?) at the student union to watch Barack Obama begin to claim victory (though I must admit I had labs in the morning so I didn’t manage to stick it through to the end), and it was an interesting experience. For some reason or other the only voting process I doggedly deprive myself of sleep for is Eurovision (With trash like this who needs politicians? Poor kid, he just wants to be popular. Clearly he’s been set back by his lack of good looks, wealth and fame but I think he’ll make it).

Anyway, I’d just like to bring your attention to this quote from American TV host Rachel Maddow, in case you haven’t seen it. It’s worth a gander:

“Listen. Last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons. But it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole. Because in this country we have a two party system, in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions. And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas, from both sides, about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff. And if the Republican party, and the conservative movement, and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum sealed, door locked, spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good, and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived, as a nation, of the constructive debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems.”

Well put.