Record breaking turnout – more Americans took part in their government yesterday than ever before in our history. Over 114 million people.
A clear winner – With just over 51% of the popular vote going to Mr. Bush, we won’t face 4 more years of protestations about a stolen election or an appointed President. Serious ones anyway.
A majority President – For the first time since 1988, a President has been elected by a majority of voters.
A return to normalcy in elections – Elections should be decided by voters, not lawyers or judges. Although an overnight wait seems like a nailbiter after the clear early victories of the 80s and 90s, we have a result within 12 hours of the last poll closing. Though it may seem a hollow consolation prize at the moment, I think John Kerry will be remembered by history for the class and integrity he showed at the end of the campaign, for restoring normalcy and for not holding the nation hostage with his lawyers. That may actually be a better historical legacy than he would have had as a President with an opposition Congress.