The morning after
Posted by Ron Coleman on November 5, 2008
Bullet points of my own, though I think nearly all the salient ones are encapsulated in this post and discussion at Dean’s World. But, in no particular order:
- John McCain may be the most fortunate man in the world right this minute.
- If this doesn’t turn into a harrowing, even miserable four years for President Obama — and I am not partisan enough to hope they do — then, given the above point, he really is All That, isn’t he?
- I think, as I have said all along, that the main problem with Barack Obama is the company he keeps, which includes the company that got him to where he is today. He seems to me be a decent guy, for a politician and with all the other qualifiers. But that may not be enough to prevent what worries so many of us from happening. It probably won’t be.
- One of the great tests of our system will be whether the great degree of lawlessness and corruption that was the Obama campaign will be revealed and punished. It probably won’t be.
- None of us was able to bang the drum for John McCain. He burned conservatives and sold out conservative principles too many times, he is old, and his campaign, though not nearly as bad as Bob Dole’s or even John Kerry’s, was pretty lame.
- Given that it can’t be replaced, the GOP must be rebuilt from the ground up. A total loss of political power was the only way this was going to happen.
- The most painful thing about this is not that the other side won, but that so very many of them are such absolute insufferable asses.
- But among these asses, none is more contemptible than virtually every member of the Democratic caucus of the two houses of Congress. To them I wish nothing but the worst. Ever word they utter in front of a microphone is encrusted in falsehood, cynicism and a desire for control that makes their most byzantine fantasy of Karl Rove look like a frat boy.
- Well, okay. The MSM is more contemptible. But their day is coming.
- John McCain failed to play the one card he had: Actually being a maverick, as opposed to talking about being a maverick. His Marquess of Queensbury approach to campaigning was not up to the task of the big moment he’d been playing for for decades.
- Sarah Palin may be the most exciting and the most divisive part of the whole story — but those, including many conservatives (including many Pajamas Media bloggers) who believe that one’s attitude toward her is the dividing line in the coming fight for the soul of the “right” are mistaken. It’s a lot more complicated than that, and she’s entitled to a lot more respect than she’s getting even from a lot of people on “our side.”
- George Bush: At the end of the day, probably never forgivable.
- If it were up to me, it’s Obama over Hillary. It was that prospect — a Hillary Clinton Presidency — that truly darkened my thoughts, even though she was the only responsible Democrat during the primaries when it came to Iraq. But unlike either Clinton, we pretty much know who Obama is.
- Let’s not be like the other side. Opposition can be fierce, heartfelt and even brutal if need be, but let’s not demonize our adversaries or turn our anger, disappointment or alienation into subversive hopes for our common good, disengagement from the system or just plain obstinacy.
- There’s no room for any games on the race thing. Period.
Effective Inauguration Day, Barack Obama is the President. He’s not “my President” — but only because there’s no such thing as “my President.”*
But he’s the President of the United States. My country.
* UPDATE: Bully to Quincy, who seems to have written the same exact thing on my little “my President” point while my comment on Roger Kimball’s site was in moderation! It is annoying that conservatives don’t get this. I also don’t understand why they refer, or allow others to refer, to the President as the person who “runs the country.” Arrgh!