Morning after observations:
Congratulations President-elect Obama.
Is it 2012 yet?
It’s an historic election as the United States elects the first African American to the Office of President. That’s significant. Yes, we happen to still think he’s the wrong man, but repeating that isn’t going to do any of us any good.
In reality he’s not going to be able to do all the things he promised, and that’s a good thing. It does give us great concern that we’ve now elected the most liberal President in our modern history, along with a significantly more liberal Congress. But rest assured that we’ll remain as the loyal opposition. As long as our voice isn’t silenced.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time assessing the blame. Others will do that until we’re sick of hearing about it. But let me make these general comments.
John McCain wasn’t the first choice for many of us. Although with a couple of exceptions, I’m not sure any of our other choices could have done any better in this climate. And let’s be clear, most of us wouldn’t really have had any emotional investment without the selection of Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate.
Much of this was a referendum on the Presidency of George W. Bush. There was no escaping that. I believe history will be kinder to the Administration of George W. Bush than current thought.
The economy was a major obstacle for Senator McCain. Try as he did, he couldn’t shake the impression that it was all the Republican’s fault. While we know that’s not completely true, it remained the public perception.
As for the losses in the Senate and the House. The story remains as it did in 2006. The Democrats did not win as much as the Republicans lost.
The GOP forgot what it stood for. It forgot what made Republicans the majority party to begin with.
So the Republican Party needs to do some major soul searching. I fear, however, that the pattern of previous years will repeat and the GOP will line up in a circular firing squad. That won’t solve anything.
It’s time for new leadership. Leadership that comes from people like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal.
Here in Virginia, we need to remember that we’ve got a gubernatorial election in just 12 months. I won’t be at the advance, but I’d encourage our leaders to have some serious discussions about what we do to regain our footing in the Commonwealth. History is on our side in that every election since 1977, Virginia’s have elected a governor from the opposite party that held the White House.
But, we also have an incredible ability to screw things up.
As for this year, as I said in my Monday post, this remains a part of God’s plan. I don’t have to understand it. I don’t have to like it. But I know in the end, that He is in control.
I won’t be writing much more about this year’s election. Not really much need to. And beginning this weekend, I’ll be making some changes around here. A little less politics, a little more “stuff.”