At any rate, the bottom line here is that in spite of myself it seems right to at least raise a glass to Obama. He is a good American, a cool spirit, and, perhaps most important of all, a worthy opponent. His triumph is questionable in terms of small-ball politics, but neither you, I, nor the Democratic party should worry much about that. In terms of the American character, it’s an important and refreshing reminder that we can, in fact, raise the bar when it comes to our politicians, and admire the luxury of our own high expectations both conscientiously and confidently.

All of this is ruined, of course, if Obama caves and Hillary slithers onto the ticket.

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