If the spirit say do

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:

Voting booths were set up around the circular bottom floor of the San Francisco Columbarium, Tuesday November 6, 2012. Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle / SF

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.



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2 Responses to If the spirit say do

  1. That photo is amazing!

    Some of the stats were really interesting. I heard the new “Soccer Mom” is now the “Football Mommy” (the Latina mom).

    Ah well, the more things change… Politics aside, I am hopeful for the next four years. Sometimes great things happen when a man has nothing more to prove (at least from an election standpoint).

  2. Mary LA says:

    I like that photo Susan– and it would seem that there’s been a generational shift too, the young who don’t want any return to the stale fearmongering of the Bush-Cheney days. Along with women repelled by the misogyny of the Republican extremists, the LGBT community and minorities. I hope more changes will come — huge relief out here in Africa

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