Earlier today John Edwards and John Kerry made graceful concession speeches, and Dick Cheney and George Bush made equally graceful victory speeches. The emphasis from both sides was on healing the divide we all feel. Kerry made a great point: "In American elections there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates win or lose, the next morning we wake up as Americans." It is good form and smart politics for candidates to react this way, but one senses they meant it sincerely.
Of course not everyone was equally graceful. I enjoyed Joi Ito's post: The people of America have failed us today. Joi is a VC who was educated in the U.S. and who makes his money from American companies, but is a Japanese citizen and lives in Japan.
My favorite graceless reaction was from CNN, which ran a picture of Bush named "asshole.jpg". How pleasant. Still, I guess you can understand why they're so bitter; they tried so hard to influence the election yesterday.
I will say most lefty blogs have been graceful, and are constructively analyzing the election. You learn much more from setbacks than victories. If the end result is a Democratic party that better represents Americans' views, it will be a victory for the entire country. Hey, it's the American way.