Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Elizabeth Dole is out of the Senate

The North Carolina presidential results are not yet in. It's very tight so far, with a slight lead for McCain.

But Elizabeth Dole, incumbent Senator, a Republican, is definitely out. Kay Hagan, her Democratic opponent, has won.

Hagan is a Presbyterian elder. Dole, in one last set of ugly campaign tactics, called her "godless" and used a voice that was not Hagan to do so.

It's a night to celebrate with friends, but after four intense days in Chicago and before the usual 16 hour Wednesday work day, I chose to be at home tonight. I just phoned a dear friend in the Midwest who has been living with multiple illnesses and physical and mental challenges and not much money and almost died a couple of times in the last few years, and told her Obama had won. At first she could hardly believe it. She is part Irish, part Jewish, and part African American. I told her "You have lived to see this." She was the first person I called.

I am not sure I will be able to sleep.


Kitten said...

Jane, I feel the exact same way. I only just stopped saying "oh my God" over and over again. I'm so happy right now...I really can't put my emotions into words. I've been texting, e-mailing, and talking to friends and family all night long. I don't want to miss a moment of this.

Algernon said...

Pretty neat, eh?

Ken said...

The lady you called can use all the good news she can get.

Padre Mickey said...

I guess she over reached with the "There is no God" ad, eh?
She's gonna be home a lot now; guess ol' Bob should stock up on the viagra so they have something to do.

Jane R said...

Hey Padre, very cute avatar/photo of Señorita Chompita Wiggletail!

janinsanfran said...

They still don't seem to have declared NC -- is that right? (I drove across Utah today, so missed some things.)

Isn't it just unbelievably great?

Jane R said...

Hi Jan -- yes, it is!

They still haven't declared NC. Obama is still ahead by a few thousand, and it is still very close. Missouri is still up in the air too, from what the election map (which I am consulting compulsively) shows.