I have been watching the television reports of voting in Iraq, and this is inspiring. CNN is now airing a briefing by Iraqi election officials. Abdul Hussein Al-Hindawi, the Chief Election Commissioner just commented on the turnout: "It has exceeded our expectations." It is still early, about three hours into the elections, but I hope the good news continues.
UPDATE: Alla Al-Tamimi, Mayor of Baghdad, "This is the greatest day in our history."
UPDATE: I just added the picture, which seems to sum up the positive feelings about the election from Iraqis. I love the ink-stained index finger as a symbol of democracy. If I were George Bush, I would hold up an ink-stained finger in the State of the Union address this week. He would be right to feel at least partially vindicated by yesterday's results.