My dad's birthday is coming up soon so I've been reflecting on the differences between this year and last and one of the big ones I've thought about is President Obama. I looked to see when I made my election prediction of an Obama rout and it was July 30. I feel great to have been so right. (I predicted 363 electoral votes and he won 365.) Maybe it's just that Iran's election has saddened me so much but I'm feeling particularly happy with our national political trajectory.