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Some twenty months ago in an internet cafe in Vientiane Laos

I looked up from the newspaper on line I'd been reading and said to the black South African sitting next to me, "the next president of the United States might be a black guy". It was the day Obama announced his candidacy. The English teacher from South Africa replied, "is the United States ready for that?"

At the time it seemed a long shot, the color of his skin was just one of many factors that might or might not have an affect on his chances. I for one thought he might just be too middle of the road for the change my country needed. But I'd listened to his convention speach and knew he might be inspiring enough.

Almost two years later here we are. Today is the day. Any wagers as to electoral vote numbers or states won or lost?

Will Montana go blue? When will they call it? I'm headed out to do something.

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Some twenty months ago in an internet cafe in Vientiane Laos

I can't wait until about 9:00 this evening to get a good idea how the chips are falling. I hope my State of Colorado makes me proud.

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Some twenty months ago in an internet cafe in Vientiane Laos
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I can't wait until about 9:00 this evening to get a good idea how the chips are falling. I hope my State of Colorado makes me proud.

I hope so too! But I'm sure my hope is not the same as yours! The western slope is not like the eastern slope at all. The eastern side has too many libs. We should just join Utah!

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There's a lot of conservatives on the eastern side too, but as we become east california that's changing. sad

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There's a lot of conservatives on the eastern side too, but as we become east california that's changing. sad

It was not my intention to insult anyone living on the eastern slope, but the majority rules. The eastern slope is where the largest number of people live and the majority now appears to lean towards the Dems. Unfortunately the eastern slope does end up voting against what we want on the western slope.

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We should just join Utah!

I've lived in a lot of places in Utah and I don't care what political persuasion or religion those folks are, some of the nicest people on earth.

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Some twenty months ago in an internet cafe in Vientiane Laos

Cowgirl,

It's not east vrs west in Colo, its east and west vrs front range. We have a similar delima in Ore.

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Well, Colorado and America as a whole East, West, in between, made me proud last night.

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If nothing else, the election completely reshapes the race debate. Obama's historic election indicates a lot of healing has taken place, and takes a lot of wind out of the sails of people who've made an industry out of the idea that we're a racist society.

I just hope that he doesn't blow it. The thing that worries me is that white supremacist groups are jumping with glee thinking that their numbers will expand over a sense of disenfranchisement. Obama needs to seize the moment on the idea that we've reached King's dream of race being irrelevant. There are people out there thinking that it's payback time now, and we need squash those extremists as surely as we must squash the ones at the other end of the spectrum.

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