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The festive scenes of liberation that Dick Cheney had once imagined for Iraq were finally taking place -- in cities all over America.

Frank Rich captures last Tuesday night.

Be Disappointed By Someone New


And yet, such a sweeping success could also breed trouble. "The risk is they vote for the first time, and then there's this incredible long-shot win -- 'Gee this is easy,' " said Kurt Andersen, a founder of Spy and former editor of New York Magazine. There is also "a risk of this generation conflating our iPhones with the substantive policy progress that the iPhones and laptops enable."

Inevitably, he said, "growing up is all about disappointment and things not going well -- so that is a natural next step."

Op-Ed Columnist
It Still Felt Good the Morning After
Published: November 9, 2008
Almost every assumption about America that was taken as a given by our political culture on Tuesday morning was proved wrong by Tuesday night.

Fashion & Style
Generation O Gets Its Hopes Up
Published: November 9, 2008
The election of a 47-year-old president may usher in the post-baby-boomer era.


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