After a long and tense election week, the AP called the presidential race for President Elect Joe Biden on Saturday. It was morning here in San Francisco when the news came. I saw the alert on my phone and immediately heard my neighbors cheering. The direction of the counts the preceding 48 hours made a Biden Harris victory likely, but news of a definitive result led to a feeling of relief I haven’t felt in a long time. We did it. And then there were tears of joy. It certainly feels like a new day is upon us.
Americans across the political spectrum turned out to vote in record numbers in this election. As of votes counted on Sunday, 62% of Americans voted in the 2020 election, breaking the record set in 2008 with the election of President Obama.
Every election is a reality check and the reality of America in 2020 is that we are more polarized than ever before. Although I strongly believe that voting out an incumbent U.S. President is a strong repudiation of that person, Trump’s base grew from 2016 to 2020 as indicated by the number of people who voted for him. And this is after the murder of George Floyd, after the mishandling of the COVID pandemic, after family separation and kids in cages.
I believe Joe Biden is the person we need in this moment to be a President for every single American, regardless of their political affiliations, and I am looking forward to the collaboration he can help foster in Washington, DC. And I am so excited for Kamala Devi Harris, daughter of immigrants and woman of color, who brings both Black and Indian American representation to the second highest office in the land.
But as we celebrate that representation and diversity, we must acknowledge the reality that as America becomes more diverse and a majority non-white nation, Republicans are working hard to cement minority rule in this country to hold onto power. That means there is still a lot of work to do, and there will always be a lot of work to do for this country to live up to its promise.
So let’s start by making sure we win those two Senate races in Georgia. Both U.S. Senate seats for Georgia will be up for election on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. These seats will determine which Party controls the chamber, and whether or not Democrats have control of the Senate is crucial to how much President Biden can get done in the next two years before the midterm elections. I certainly don’t want Mitch McConnell to continue peddling his obstructionism as Senate Majority Leader (it’s bad enough we’re stuck with him for six more years). Here is a link to where you can donate your money and time to win these seats.
There is a lot to celebrate and a lot of work to do. Please be sure to celebrate this historic victory.