I cast a vote today for a black man for President of the United States. Sure, there have been black candidates for the last 36 years. I strongly considered voting for Lenora Fulani in 1988, the first black person to be on the ballot in all 50 states. It is a historic day, and although I wish Obama were more progressive at least he and Biden are smart and reasonable, learned and willing to learn. That puts them above the McCain/Palin ticket and waaay above Bush/Cheney. I still have this core of fear in the pit of my stomach that scumbags with crooked voting machines will still try to steal this election but unlike 2000 and 2004 I think the margin is so big that it can’t be done with impunity. I’m not assuming anything until I see the guy sworn in this January, but for the first election day in many years I feel good about it.