A really well written and worthwhile piece all-around (what else would you expect from Garrison Keillor though?) A few lines stand out of which I am particularly fond:
"...but there is nothing so pleasant as being in a crowd of happy people when you are happy about the same thing they're happy about."
"It was more than Democrats feeling their oats or African-Americans celebrating the unimaginable, more than revulsion at the gang of bullheads who held power for too long. It was a huge gasp of pleasure at a new America emerging, a country we all tried to believe in, a nation that is curious and venturesome, more openhearted and public-spirited."