The news sites are just starting to run stories saying that John Kerry has conceded defeat in the presidential election.
If I’ve learned anything from the last 12 hours, it’s that the large number of intelligent and decent Americans that I know only represent half of a bitterly divided country. There are just as many (or perhaps just a few more) Americans who are happy to fit into the stereotype of the boorish, greedy and stupid American who thinks it’s acceptable for their country to bully other countries when things don’t go their way. Who don’t care about what the rest of the world thinks of them as they have no interest in what goes on beyond their borders.
More than anything it feels like the 1992 UK general election. When we all knew that the Tories’ time was up. We were convinced that they were going to lose. Except, of course, they didn’t. And we had to put up with them for five more years.
Who knows what damage Bush and his cronies can inflict over the next four years.