I woke up at 4:30 this morning. Maybe it was the Pizza Hut I ate last night in a moment of weakness. Or, maybe ... this is a long shot ... it's the election.
I'm nervous and agitated - physically - about today's election. I've never felt this way about a presidential election in my life, even the Kerry boondoggle of '04 (which made me sad and slightly nauseated, but didn't wake me up at 4:30 in the morning).
I've heard people talk about Obama fans as "drinking the cool aid". I've followed sites like FactCheck.org that chronicle misrepresentations and lies from both sides in this election. Etc, etc. He's still a politician, and I know that.
But honestly - his candidacy actually gives me true hope about this country. That there's actually something indomitable and special about America. That a smart, scrappy guy who didn't come from money could inspire people and shatter the existing political machines to become leader of the free world. And that together, we can make the world better, by making good decisions that work for the greater good, and by believing in integrity and mercy and humility and progress.
Go get 'em, O.