Doug Jones' win in Alabama was one of those amazing moments of joy and wonder, when the stars align and the great dice game of the universe rolls the right numbers.
Here are a few media impressions from the historic night, after bouncing back and forth from MSNBC to CNN as Jones steadily gained on the sour accused child molester Roy Moore, finally bursting ahead.
Although Moore acted like the churlish crackpot who refuses to leave the party, Jones by midnight appeared safe from any recount shenanigans or GOP maneuvers to steal the victory.
The GOP establishment seemed to want Moore to go away, and take his horse with him.
Here are a few media impressions.
Caution by MSNBC
MSNBC trailed CNN in calling the election, showing an excess of caution as its own Steve Kornacki gave solid mathematical evidence that still uncounted votes in Birmingham, Mobile and Selma would swing to Jones. Then MSNBC gave credence to Moore's graceless claim that he still had a chance to win by making Kornacki explain his analysis once more.
Barkley comes up big
Relishing Jones' victory, proud Alabamian Charles Barkley gave the Democratic Party the right prescription for continued success.
Barkley, expressing pride in his native state for ousting Moore, accused the Democratic Party of taking the black vote for granted over the years. A strong turnout of black voters carried Jones to victory.
The engaging pro basketball commentator and former Auburn and NBA star said that the party needs to develop economic and education programs to boost black families, and the white working class.
Showing perceptive political analysis, Barkley said that after Jones' win, Congress must focus on public education, jobs and the infrastructure. These are issues that the GOP under Donald Trump is ignoring, giving tax cuts to the nation's corporations and richest 1 percent while the middle class and poor struggle. Such a Democratic agenda would result in long-term gains.
Barkley, who has aired political ambitions, would be an articulate and charismatic candidate. While his TNT NBA comments are amusing and knowledgeable, Barkley can also be a star in the political arena.
Raines comes through
Former New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines presided over one of the newspaper's historic low points, the Jayson Blair scandal. But the Alabama native capitalized on his deep knowledge of the state in perceptive analysis for MSNBC.
Appearing Tuesday night on Lawrence O'Donnell's show, Raines was one of the few who predicted a Jones win, based on the strength of suburban professional voters turned off by Moore. After Jones' surge to victory, Raines gave strong analysis of Sen. Richard Shelby's devastating turn against Moore, tying it to Shelby's representation of Alabama's business community and the University of Alabama.
Brian Williams on board
Former NBC news anchor Brian Williams was a steady professional presence in his late show on MSNBC, a reassuring turn from the giddy Rachel Maddow and gloating O'Donnell. Williams showed his cool in eliciting in-depth knowledge from Raines and from Washington Post political reporters.
Tapper on a hot streak
While CNN graybeard Wolf Blitzer draws derision for his befuddled reactions to John King's map changes, the network's Jake Tapper has been on a hot streak.
First Tapper took on the White House for its insidious "fake news" propaganda. Then Tapper got Shelby to disclose that he had written in a Senate candidate rather than vote for Moore. In the interview on Tapper's Sunday morning show, Shelby urged Alabamians to write in candidates rather than support Moore.
Tapper was the most perceptive CNN commentator Tuesday night, with pointed interactions with Dana Bash. He also was the catalyst for Barkley's strong comments.
AJC stirs itself
I was surprised that the usually dormant Atlanta Journal-Constitution acted like a real newspaper and ran an article on Jones' victory stripped across the top of the front page. News in my paper delivered to my driveway! What a concept. Alas, the article was by The New York Times, not an AJC reporter on the scene.
Echoing the Journal and Constitution's decision in 1965 to not cover the Selma to Montgomery march, the AJC gave little coverage to the Alabama race, outside of wire stories buried inside. Guess the AJC feared upsetting conservative suburban readers, its fallback editorial policy.
With Democratic gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans hoping to match the winning Alabama formula in Georgia, the newspaper should have at least sent political columnist Jim Galloway to Alabama for one of his inscrutable pieces.