After taking some time to weigh the gravity, the full significance, of Tuesday night, I can now say that I still think it was anti-climactic. Honestly, anyone on either side who didn't see this coming since the day McCain was given the GOP nomination was deluding themselves. The outpouring of elation over this has been over-the-top. "We did it!!" What, exactly, did you do?
You supported a candidate against a clearly inferior opponent, and he won. Congrats! Keep up the good work. It wasn't a 'mandate from the people', or a 'landslide victory'. He carried a lot of major metropolitan, densely populated areas in states with a lots of electoral votes. Looking at votes at the county level, if every state were to follow Maine and Nebraska and dole out Electoral Votes by the congressional district, this might have been a different election. At the very least, votes would have to be counted before states could be 'called'.
update: 13 Nov 2008
I read some thing on another blog, which prompted a comment from me. I thought I was a litte more clear there, so I'm reproducing that comment here.
"Further proof that states like California and New York should adopt the same system."
I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking that...but why stop there? Why not every state? As the votes were being counted, I heard a number of Obama supporters in the South complain about the "red bias" near them, in spite of his being well ahead. It seems there are people on both sides that would be served by this. Yes, it would make it easier for the 'lose-the-vote-but-win-the-election' scenario. But, it would 'encourage' the candidate not to 'write-off' any state, or region.
People made light of it being said, at the time, but I think the comments about "real America" weren't meant to denegrate anyone. But, were about all the people that live outside the major metropolitan areas. There is more _America_ outside the cities, just not more _Americans_. So, it could be argued that what the residents believe is best for L.A., San Diego, or Omaha may not be what is best for _America_. Looking at a county-by-county election map, it looks like a lot of people's opinions (on both sides) didn't get the weight that a democratic election process is meant to provide.
If this is the Democracy that were spending so much time, money, and blood to spread, I can understand it not being welcomed with open arms.
That isn't to say that I wanted McCain to win...or Obama. I didn't support either one, but knew one of them (likely BHO) would come out on top.