It's an historic night.
Yet circumstances steal Sen Barack Obama's (D-IL) thunder.
He's just become the first African-American to become the presumptive nominee of a major party.
That should be a big deal.
But any great story like that needs a hero arc. That Joseph Campbell construct that takes a character from humble beginnings through a life-changing threshold event and through trials and tribulations to achieve the impossible.
It must be something of a letdown for Sen Obama.
Because beating the Republicans this year, in this political environment, is anything but impossible.
What with a Republican administration that has crippled not only the GOP, but the country as a whole. There is little for Sen Obama to overcome at this point. The 1984 "Meadow Party" nominee "Bill the Cat" -- a dead cat at that -- could beat the Republican nominee.
Not to take anything away from Sen Obama. He'd be a hard man to beat in tough times for Democrats. He's the most natural politician of his generation -- my generation.
But his detractors will be talking as soon as tomorrow that he had it easy, he had no real challenge, he won by default. Even though the election is still five months away, they'll be trying to soften the blow of defeat in November before summer even arrives. They'll breathe a sigh of relief if the election is even close.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
And if Sen Obama is running at a time when the GOP is weak -- it is not his fault. It is his time. It is the failure of a Republican administration after eight years to leave this country with a war that has no victory plan and an economy that has drained Americans of hope.
The general election campaign begins tonight. Sen John McCain (R-AZ) has a lot of catching up to do.