Today Obama finally claimed enough delegates that he needed to secure the Democratic nomination for President. Even if Hillary did not formally concede tonight, I am thrilled that this is more or less done with and the campaign can focus McCain. And it doesn't hurt that I get to claim that I was on the winner's side (maybe not from the start, but officially picking Obama in Feburary does sure seem early in the game now).
I think the length and increasing negativity turned me off for a while. I stopped reading election news for a while and stopped listening to my election-related podcasts. My bout of jadedness even made me forget how historic this is or how unique this primary election was. Who would have ever thought it would be a black man and a woman battling it out. That every state and territory would get to hold their primary before a candidate secured enough delegates. That we would have such a close fight because people were so excited about their own candidate. That people would pack rallies like never before.
I am still undecided about how much I want to get involved with the general election, but at least I am excited again. Or as they say in Obama-speak: fired up, ready to go.
[Photo courtesy of NYT]