Last night, one candidate gave a concession speech, and one gave a victory speech. Some observations:
John McCain: His speech proved him a truly decent man. McCain challenged his supporters to not only to congratulate Obama, but to strive to work with him. Unfortunately, his supporters booed and hissed at McCain's expressions of magnanimity. How could any McCain supporter feel more disappointment than McCain himself? Though Sarah Palin was at his side, he kept the pitbull muzzled. Still, the applause she enjoyed promised we haven't heard the last of her yet.
Barack Obama: He never gloated, and kept his emotions in check. When Joe Biden took the stage, grinning from ear to ear, Obama barely cracked a smile. His music wasn't celebratory, it was almost elegiac. Obama instinctively understood that white America wasn't ready for a big, black celebration from him, complete with confetti and Aretha Franklin. This instinct, coupled with his measured, analytical intelligence, bodes well for his presidency.