I have returned from a quick visit to the West Coast to see my grandchildren [and their parents, of course]. A few personal items to report:
1. An objective, unbiased evaluation of my grandchildren resulted in the conclusion that they are the two cutest kids in the universe. Tiny four year old Athena is the spitting image of Cindy Lou Who of Whoville [The Grinch Who Stole Christmas]. She is currently very much into the heroine Merida from the movie Brave, and walks around carrying a bow and some suction rubber tipped arrows. About to be seven year old Samuel, who takes with him to bed each evening The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess [which as it happens was written by his father] has suddenly become a sports fan. He is a raving San Francisco Giants rooter. As a one-time Dodgers, Mets, and then Red Sox fan, I know how hard it is to keep the faith when your team keeps losing. It doesn't hurt that the Giants have won the World Series two out of the last three years.
2. I may be crazy, but the whole country feels better as a result of how the election turned out. There is a great deal to do now, but it is building on success, not damage control. I am delighted that the Obama machine is trying to keep itself in business to pressure Congress. We have taken small steps, but that is how political change takes place. Alan West is gone, Joe Walsh is gone, Elizabeth Warren has become a senator, several more states have endorsed same sex marriage. There is a good chance that immigration reform will finally become possible, that further steps can be taken to address global warming, that tiny positive adjustments will be made to the tax rates and code. And on the schadenfreude front, Mitt Romney is finally emerging from his cloud of etch-a-sketching to reveal himself clearly as the horrible person he is.
3. On my way home, I changed planes in Denver, and had a meal there to tide me over. Delicious elk medallions! That is surely the only chance I will ever have to eat elk, and it was lovely.
Once I catch up on my mail and such, I will try to say something coherent about the tasks for the Left that lie immediately ahead.