on reflection, this is the first u.s. presidential election that has gone my way. i was too young to have an opinion for reagan and to a lesser extent bush 41. i come from a family cut from a deeply red cloth, so when clinton ran in '92 i mirrored my parents and disliked him. it was about high school-ish when i moved more to the left. (i probably owe this lurch to my economics and government teacher; he asked good questions.) in 2000 i didn't know much about gore but was very unimpressed with bush. i voted for nader but preferred gore. by 2004 i was utterly disgusted with bush and had approximately zero interest in kerry; i voted for badnarik but would have preferred kerry.
but 2008! ah, 2008. i was genuinely excited about a candidate, donated to a candidate's campaign, and am profoundly hopeful about where the country and the world can go with this candidate. viewed through the lens of my particular value system, there has been a whole lot of damage done across the board in the last two terms, and i think the next will go a very long way toward healing.