I am relieved that my state came through in the end, and hopeful about the few other ones that are still outstanding.

I am very disappointed by how close that was. We've known what was inside the package for four years, and 70 million people, give or take, voted for a bigoted, bullying, self-absorbed fascist. I'm very glad Biden/Harris won, but with the margins this close, repairing the damage of the last four years is going to be hard. I'm glad to see they're losing no time on planning reversals of the things that can be reversed. Live by the executive order, die by the executive order -- Trumpists have no grounds for complaining there.

And, of course, he's not going to concede, let alone work constructively with a transition team. He's going to do whatever he can to trash the country on the way out. It's going to take a lot of work from a lot of people to build better relationships, better national cooperation if not actual unity. It's going to take more than one term of office, which we all need to remember in four years.

Healing is going to be hard, but the alternative is worse. I hope we can do something about the extreme polarization we're currently living with.

Recommended reading: what hurts about this election by "hudebnik".