Isn't Mrs. Romney a lovely woman? Even if you aren't a fan of her husband's, it is hard to deny that this woman has a certain lightness of spirit and elegance that seems very natural. Add to that the fact that she is suffering from MS and she is, for me, quite inspirational. Living as we do in the battleground state of Virginia, we had the chance to see the Romneys and on this day, I was able to shake the hand of the woman I thought would soon be the FLOTUS. As we all know, that was not to be and the past 36 hours have been a shock to the system. I guess there were just so many indicators that they would win. No president in history has won re-election with unemployment so high, approval rating so low and the momentum appearing to be with his opponent. It would have been easier to take had I been prepared for the loss but I was convinced our country could see that we needed a real businessman for a leader. I was wrong and many of my friends and family were quite literally in mourning yesterday. Not over Romney per se, but the realization that the American Dream as we knew it has died. As Rush said on his radio show yesterday, it is awfully hard to beat Santa Claus (and I would add his media elves). My eyes were opened yesterday. I don't think any Republican candidate could have won. For that I feel saddened. But I am also renewed. I can refocus on the one place that I can have the most influence on the future - my home, my children and my community. I just wish Mrs. Romney would write a parenting book on how to raise boys!