So it's over and it's just beginning. Barack Obama won (that's President Elect Barack Obama, if you please), and all is right with the world. Well, actually, all is most decidedly not right with the world, but that's why I'm happy Obama won.
Geographically and ideologically, I'm a lone Democrat in a Republican wilderness most of the time, so it's nice to feel like I'm siding with the majority once in a while.
Philosophically, I'm a Democrat for many reasons, most having to do with social justice and care for the less fortunate and a deep belief in the importance of government as an agent for change and equity in the face of our basic human selfishness, and it's nice to have those beliefs valued overtly by others from time to time.
Politically, I'm a Democrat who is happy this election is finally over so we can all put our energies back into the much bigger problems at hand, though I'm also afraid the enormity of those problems might sink my newly elected candidate, which would be very, very sad.
Enthusiastically, I'm a Democrat on today of all days.