Just now on MSNBC:
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Dan Rather… What are the things we may learn out of this election?
DAN RATHER: Well, I’m just trying to think. Which is something we don’t get to do very often…
BRZEZINSKI: We don’t do that on cable. We just go with it. So thank you for taking a moment to think about it…
And so, after a few seconds of thought, something Rather “thinks we might learn” from this election:
[O]ur bet as a free people under a constitutional democracy, our belief is we can stand united and still have all these differences. Now, when the country started, the rest of the world bet against us. There’s no way this is going to work. We’re still a young country still trying to make it work. So when we look at these elections and begin to break them down — on my own election coverage we will do the same thing, this section voted this way, southern Ohio tends to be a little more race conscious than the rest, that kind of thing — I think it’s important to keep in mind that united we stand. And once the decision is in the record… [A]mericans accept the results of the election and then move forward…
An uplifting (if not quite cable-ready) take after so much slicing and dicing of the American electorate.
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.