Remember when Bill Clinton called Barack Obama's campaign "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen"? He may have been on to something. Obama's win in Florida last night was one of the biggest morale boosters for Democrats, since that state's electoral votes handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000. In that election, Democrat Al Gore carried Orange County -- home of the fantasy factory called Disney World -- by 2 points and about 6,000 votes.
Obama carried Orange County by 19 points and 86,000 votes, accounting for almost half of Obama's statewide margin. If Florida has become a blue state, all those Disney workers in Mickey Mouse uniforms may be a key factor.
It's also appropriate that Obama, considered the global favorite in the election whatever happened in the US, should be helped by a county whose unofficial theme song is "It's a small world."
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