I am hopeful.
I am hopeful President-elect Obama is every bit the leader my democratic friends tell me he will be.
I am hopeful his communication skills herald the arrival of a great leader who will inspire Americans to care, strive, sacrifice, lead and achieve.
I am hopeful that fiscal realities will temper the ambitions of his party to overplay the hand they were dealt last night.
I am hopeful conservatives will temper their vitriol and give him a chance.
I am hopeful we have a transformative figure in the White House.
But most of all, on this day after the election, I am simply hopeful.