At approximately 9:20 P.M. MST on November 4th, 2008, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain officially conceded the election, and Barack Obama is on his way to becoming the 44th President of the United States. Initial stories from CNN and CBS News.
I listened to the speech while blogging, and it was an extremely classy and gracious piece of work. Senator McCain asked people not only to accept the decision, but to give President-elect Obama their full support. The Phoenix, Arizona audience for the most part respectfully heard him out, but their enthusiasm was quite watered down. McCain said, "I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face". McCain's running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, was standing with him, but did not speak.
What makes the occasion a bit somber is the overwhelming emphasis on the fact that Barack Obama is African-American. The "African" part is being emphasized much more heavily than the American part. And during NBC's subsequent analysis, the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson picked up on this and starting asking "what about my community?" (meaning the Latino community).
This is what the emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism has brought us. This is what mass immigration has brought us. A country where individual heritage takes precedence over common American nationality.
In his victory speech, Obama was equally gracious towards McCain, saying that no one can imagine what McCain has been through, paying tribute to McCain's military service. But the overwhelming theme of the speech was that "change has come to America". He said that although change will not come overnight, that we will eventually get to where we need to be, despite setbacks and false starts. He reminded people that we can either rise or fall as one nation and one people, and that we cannot thrive if Main Street suffers while Wall Street prospers. Actually, a pretty good speech, but he has everything to prove to us. We have nothing to prove to him.
The electoral news from Utah is much more upbeat, unless you are a Democrat. And even then, Democrats may be on their way to getting good news in House District 49, where incumbent Republican House Speaker Greg Curtis has fallen significantly behind Democratic challenger Jay Seegmiller. And Democrat John Rendell is nurturing a slight lead over incumbent Chris Buttars in Senate District 10. In the Second Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson is landsliding his way past Republican challenger Bill Dew.
But Republicans are on their way to landslides in key races as well. Jon Huntsman Jr., Mark Shurtleff, and Rob Bishop are swamping their opponents. Jason Chaffetz looks like he will defeat Bennion Spencer in the Third District, although by a more modest 10-15 point margin. In Senate District 16, incumbent Republican Curt Bramble is doubling up Democratic challenger RaDene Hatfield (the pizza delivery constituency is smaller than Hatfield thought).
And the first news from California is good. With 15 percent of the vote counted, Proposition 8 is passing by a 12-point margin. But don't celebrate yet; since that first report, with 37 percent of the vote counted now, the lead has shrunk to 5.6 percent. There are many more precincts to be counted, including the Bay Area.
Visit the following sites to get updated election results throughout the night:
- Click HERE for Utah election results.
- Click HERE for KSL Channel 5 Salt Lake County election page.
- Click HERE or HERE for California Proposition 8 results (because of high interest, the first site may hang from time to time).