Divided, but civil

Riding the subway through New York this morning, in the heartland of blue America, I was struck by how quiet, and sober, and civil, people were. I know how many of them are facing the probability of a very difficult loss. I can appreciate just how miserable many of them are, because I was in their position yesterday afternoon when the early poll results suggested that Sen. Kerry might be on the cusp of a landslide victory. And it's possible that we could all switch places once more before the election comes to a defintive conclusion.

The country is in the midst of sorting out one of the most important and contentious decisions in its history. The outcome has yet to be fully resolved. Are people shouting at each other in the streets? Not that I can hear. Is there even a hint of mass strikes or political violence? Nope. Just lots of somber looking subway riders staring into their coffee and their newspapers, trying their best to come to grips with what appears, at this moment, to be a tough loss. I hope that the international election observers who have descended upon Florida and Ohio are paying attention.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.