Stayed up last night watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy and checking in now and then on the election results. There was rejoicing in the neighborhood when Obama went over the top in electoral votes. City-wide in San Francisco, he got 83% of the vote.
The morning news is casting his re-election as “a demographic tidal wave….a tight but decisive re-election victory Tuesday with the help of record-breaking support from Hispanic voters, massive turn-out from African Americans and continuing enthusiasm from young Americans.” Romney won a larger share of the white vote than any candidate since Ronald Reagan, it was all those brown- and black-skinned people that got Obama elected. The message? Divided we still stand. Which we do, of course. The post-racial society is a myth. Race matters in a thousand ways. I hope, in his second term, our first black president can address some of them. They need to be part of the conversation.
One of my favorite photographs from this election is of an unusual polling place in San Francisco:
If you mark your ballot wrong, do spirits flood out of those little drawers and castigate you? This brings absentee voting to a new level of refinement.