Digesting the Election Results and Bracing for Change
President-elect Obama. It'll take some getting used to.
The chances all along for a McCain win -- in fact, any Republican win -- were somewhat slim. Coming off of eight years of a Bush presidency, where the rabid, angry left and their water-carriers in the media pummeled him so badly in order to punish him for "stealing" the election in 2000, all perspective was lost. And many Americans either agree that Obama has the plan that will cause America to prosper or they allowed themselves to be caught up on the Hope-n-Change Express -- one-way tickets only, please.
It didn't help that McCain's sense of fair play, coupled with his reluctance to really slam his opponent -- out of his over-fondness for bipartisanship or because he didn't want to get labeled as a racist, we'll never know -- got in the way. By the time he let self-professed pit bull Sarah Palin off of her leash, it was too little too late. She was willing to go on the attack, but wasn't allowed.
Speaking of racism and America being a racist country -- the only racist country on Earth, to hear tell in our legacy media and America-watchers over in oh-so-enlightened Europe -- can we finally lay that canard to rest now? Please?
It also didn't help that the legacy media was overwhelmingly in the tank for Obama and many questions that should have been asked of the candidate weren't -- meaning that voters were deprived of crucial information about the man who will be sitting in the Oval Office in just a couple of months.
However, we do know quite a bit about Joe the Plumber, thanks to the friendly state employees in Ohio. Guess he'll think twice before asking someone a question!
The immediate outcome of the election is clear: John McCain will go back to serving in the Senate. Sarah Palin will go back to Alaska and continue governing there. The conservative cocktail party set who demonized Sarah Palin can breathe a heavy sigh of relief, knowing they're still part of the D.C. in-crowd. In fact, Kathleen Parker can rest assured that Sarah Palin will be reduced to working her womanly wiles on the moose and polar bears in Alaska, not the men in Washington. And the Bush administration will slowly wind down as it waits to hand the baton off to the next runner in the tag team known as the American presidency.
Michelle Obama's faith in her country can truly be restored, if indeed it ever existed before. I can't wait to see what her White House Christmas tree theme will be next year.
And wonder of wonders, our standing in the world among the likes of beer-swilling Germans, wine-quaffing Frenchies, and vodka-gulping Russians will finally be rebuilt! Be still, my beating heart. Americans abroad will no longer have to pretend to be Canadian. Americans who fled to Canada after the reelection of George Bush can come home in a blaze of glory. If only for a brief, shining moment, Europeans will extend the hand of friendship because finally we've done something to which they can affix their Good Housekeeping seal of approval.
But there are many questions that have yet to be answered:
- Will the voters, coming down from the excitement of the election, demand that a President Obama deliver on his promises of hope and change?
- What exactly is hope and change, anyway? I'm still not sure.
- Will the new Trinity -- Obama, Pelosi, and Reid -- believe that they have a mandate from on high?
- Speaking of high, how high will taxes go? And are Americans really okay with the idea of spreading the wealth?
- Will Democrats follow through with their promise to restore the Fairness Doctrine and finally hush up those pesky talk radio types who criticize them?
- Will Obama pull out of Iraq now that we're winning? If he does and Iraq falls to pieces, he'll earn the well-deserved ire of the American people. But if he doesn't pull out immediately, will his far-left base -- the Code Pinkers and the World Can't Waiters -- forgive him or crucify their messiah?
- Will Dems follow Barney Frank's suggestion and cut the military by 25%?
- Will we really be tested internationally by the likes of Iran or Russia? If so, what exactly will Obama do?
- Will Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn get invited to the inaugural?
- Will Hillary finally give up hope for a second shot at the White House?
- Will the left manage to let go of all of the bile and hatred that has been festering within them for the past eight years?
With regard to that last question, not likely. A friend of mine who ran a pro-McCain site received an email last night that contained just three words: "Obama won, b****." So much for being a gracious winner.
And finally, will Obama really try to implement the policies he talked about? Tax "cuts" for those who pay no income tax? A civilian defense corps that rivals the military in strength? Bankrupting the coal industry and causing energy prices to skyrocket -- thus damaging our economy -- in the name of "green" energy? Sitting down with dictators with no preconditions? Ponies and all the cotton candy you can eat?
This "historic election" is over. It's time to start demanding answers to the tough questions that Obama has thus far eluded.