The election was called early last night—but not so early that people weren't drunk off their asses, social-networking technology in hand. Many embarrassing and over-earnest prounouncements were Twittered and texted last night. Crying seemed to be a badge of pride for the melodramatic (don't want to see one more blog post about your tears of happiness), and everyone had Something to Say. (We'll admit that we did.) But now we have a snark-break hangover. Hackneyed revelations from the usual suspects were out in force:First off, our notoriously cold-hearted publisher Nick Denton just admitted that he cried last night. "And I'm not even a Democrat!" And there were a thousand different versions of this statement across the blogs: "I am so proud of all of you." Thanks, Mom. Here's another anonoblogging overshare:
I was listening to NPR when they said that Mccain had conceded the election. I had to pull over because I was crying so hard. I've been on the edge between terror and excitement all day. I am feeling this in every inch of my body. I'm feeling this. I've never, ever been more proud to live in this country. I've never been more proud to be an American. I have never feel such a sense of belonging, or felt so strongly that the good guys won in such a massive, inarguable way. I am feeling this.
From New York dating columnist and noted political pundit Julia Allison:
From New York magazine's Jessica Coen:
From world-famous mommyblogger Dooce:
From the typically cynical Page Six Mag's Joshua David Stein:
From the always-earnest former HuffPo editor Rachel Sklar:
From boa-wearing MediaBistro maven Lauren Touby:
And finally, two much-needed correctives:
And here's one culled from an anonymous LiveJournal-er:
Yeah, I voted today. I wasn't going to at first because Texas isn't in play presidential-wise and the candidate I vote for never seems to win but I decided to be a good citizen and do my civic duty. Besides, I heard you can get a free chicken sandwich at Chik-Fil-A if you flash your "I Voted" sticker. Democracy is even tastier when served with waffle fries.
But seriously. After Obama won, I took a long, hard look at myself in the mirror, and thought: "Yeah, my eyeliner looks pretty good right now."