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Wednesday, November 5. 2008
Wow. The people spoke. The silver lining I can find in this cloud is that we elected a black guy as President. That is remarkable and quite wonderful. I wish him wisdom. Still, I had hoped that the first black Pres would be from the party of Lincoln.
Another plus is that the Repubs will be forced to renew and refresh themselves, and come up with a farm team of younger, smarter, more exciting and more inspiring candidates, with messages to suit the times. And I do not mean Mitt Romney.
I'll admit to feeling bummed, but not at all surprised, by the outcome. I think John McCain did darn well considering everything that was dragging him down: a relentlessly hostile press, a hugely unpopular Bush, union money and a huge campaign $ disparity, economic fears, age, the Obama Cult of Personality - and his awareness throughout that the tides were running against him. Not to mention the perennial problem that Conservatives have in elections: they rightly find it hard to make goody-bag promises because they put their faith in free people rather than in government.
I doubt anyone could have done better than McCain did this year, and I doubt he would have done better with Giuliani instead of Palin. The press would have Palinized Rudy too. (Well, on further thought, maybe Rudy could have done a better job than McCain: he's brighter and quicker but, perhaps, less likeable.)
I think the Dems face the danger of over-reading this election. It's a common error for both parties. I do not feel that this election was an endorsement of a left-wing agenda but more an expression of general unease, Bush-fatique, and disgruntlement - mixed with a strong dose of celebrity-excitement. It's still the same center-right nation that it was last year, and every move the Dems make now will annoy some group or other. This Congressional leadership is not only loony-left but full of vengeance - and pent-up spending ideas. Hold onto your wallets, because we could quickly become the highest-taxed country in the developed world (we're almost there already).
But who is going to benefit immediately from this election?
- Gun dealers. If there are a few guns you've always wanted, now's the time.
And, finally, consider this condundrum, especially those readers who are my fellow conservatives: How does one win national elections when you have to concede NY, California, and the rust belt in advance? Not to mention my New England?
ELECTION 2008: A few morning after thoughts!
The people have spoken; but what have they said?
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As a not so happy resident of CT, I see that a combination of finance generated wealth and white collar trendiness have given the Northeast to the dems (for a while). The finance business decline will be a huge shock to NY and NE. You can already see this in NY (my god Gov Patterson is channelling Ayn Rand!)
CA is the same. The CT GOP is renewing itself as the independent working mans party and this is a good thing. We may have to have the pain of a periodic Dem overreach to get it back.
Sad but true. Once the dust settles and the post-mortems are post, then Republicans can set a new course. I think DaveM's observation about the CT GOP becoming the indepdendent working man's party is the right course for Republicans nationally.
First step is to appoint Newt as GOP National Chair with the charge to develop the Opposition Agenda for the next Congress. This Opposition Agenda then becomes the platform for taking back the Congress in '10, just as Newt did in '94.
We don't want to just sit back and wait for the Dems to spin their tires deeper in the ditch- we want to have a complete Opposition Agenda ready to present to the new Congress so Republicans are on record with the alternative to more government growth and higher taxes.
And, yes, we need to be very serious about organization at the grass roots. That is perhaps the biggest challenge of all and the Republican leader who can solve it has the key to the Republican Restoration. If anyone can do it, it is Newt.
sad , indeed that one's vote does not mean much in this electoral college conundrum. So what if you carry Wyoming if it means 3 electoral votes to New York's 31. It means that perhaps all monies should be spent in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California etc.. It means who cares about North Dakota?
Bobby Jindal, Palin and other fiscally conservative , charismatic leaders will have to step up and hopefully there will be a mandate against journalism that is biased and purchased. Could someone please shut Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Collectively, we get the government and leaders that we deserve ... and this time we're going to get it good and hard.
The best strategy is difficult to discern; whether to let them dig themselves a rut for a while, or to dig in our heels right off the bat? Probably a mix of both that starts at the former and slowly and gradually morphs into the latter. By the 3rd year of his term, we need to have a principled track record to point to.
For the next month or so, the liberal factions will be celebrating and patting themselves on the back. Use this time to prepare, stock up, gear up. I don't think liberal euphoria is going to stop the Depression bear from visiting soon.
As a slight aside, one particular thing I fear is a liberal assault on free speech through a resurrection of the Fairness Doctrine and other attempts to limit oppositional speech. Watch closely for retribution against channels of communication that raised uncomfortable issues for Obama during the campaign. Gaming the system is what the liberals excel at ... and this is one of their methods.
Republicans have got to shed the silver-spoon country club Wall Street image ... e.g., no more corporate welfare. The business community has got to really embrace competition and free markets, both the up and the down sides. If outsourcing jobs is good at the factory floor level, it has to be good at the board room level too. Corporate governance has to hold their officers feet to the fire in terms of compensation and performance ... no more cooking the books to make performance look stellar and raking in the big bonuses, only to find out 5 or 10 years later that it was all smoke and mirrors. Maybe that compensation has to be delayed (held in escrow and piecemealed out) and conditional on longer term results, and retrievable if it turns out to have been a numbers-game. Double standards like what we've seen from the financial world are what breeds the kind of socialist stupidity that Obama ran on. Successfully.
People forget that "change" is a neutral word. It can be for good or bad. And in my cynical opinion, it's usually for the bad. This has been the P.T. Barnum election ... and there were an awful lot of them born in time to vote this time around.
Good advice. The conservative cause has to return to the roots of common sense!
It will take a few days to buck back up, but the challenge before us is there and we now have some serious work to do, over the next four years.
This was not an election on conservatism. Conservatism does not need reform This election was a referendum on on the intelligence of the American people and they spoke with mind of an adolescent. They just bought the car from the smooth talking salesman. My admiration of the intelligence American people has dwindled.
Obama will do one of two things. He will either continue taking his marching orders from the Daley Machine like a good boy, or he will be swept up in his own self importance and attempt to find his own socialistic voice. God help us if its the later.
we already sat through Bush's "socialistic voice" with him and his oil buddies....still are
"He will either continue taking his marching orders from the Daley Machine like a good boy, or he will be swept up in his own self importance and attempt to find his own socialistic voice."
He'll do neither. He'll move to the center because his self-importance will demand it. He won't have the money to do all the things he promised, and he'll be schooled in foreign policy and economics by some of the best minds. Before you know it, the weight of the job will dictate that he will have to compromise on many of his liberal plans. Living up to promises is tough when you make them for political gain and when those who buy those promises become a cult in demand of payback. I think Obama is going to be facing headwinds from day one. Especially when the Israelis take out Iran's nukes.
Anyway, good for the change. I can't wait to watch Pelosi's and Reid's heads explode when their god says: "Now wait just a minute..."
Excuse me but we're been a socialist country since FDR.
The 10 objectives outlined in Das Capital.
10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto:
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes. ( sub prime bail out)
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. ( duh)
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance. ( estate taxes)
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.( rebels reads Republicnas vis Kelo)
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly. ( just accomplished in last two months)
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture. (Industrial Armies = Obama's new Internal Armed Force)
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial .
I am having a hard time seeing a bright side to any of this. The far Left is learning that there are no negative consequences to any of their dishonesty. Look at Acorn-publicly funded no less ; the destruction of the Anglican Church; the way the media rewrite history-the Vietnam War, our use of the Atomic bomb and the bombing of Dresden, and let's not forget Africa; Leftist professors rewarded with tenur in what used to be prestigious universities where they have been successful in brainwashing god knows how many students; government funding for PBS et al; the media and their bias; Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and the rest of the clowns. Look at what these people have done to the economies of Michigan and California; I live in a Red State which is being over-run with west Coast Lefties and illegals from Mexico-last night these idiots voted to overturn term limits in one of our largest cities! We have "free" healthcare, housing, education, food, utilities, and now the mortgage bailout. I would imagine they can hardly wait to get their dirty little hands on our Military, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the defense budget. Exactly when and where does it end? I can tell you that it is only going to get worse. And while we are on the subject of stupidity, can anyone explain to me the re-election of Murtha and Ray Nagin?
It's going to be very very bad. Small businesses are starting severe cut-backs now. They know what an Obama victory means. Once small businesses cut back, unemployment goes up like a rocket. I think that is why Wall St tanked today, though the media will try to spin it differently (i.e. not as a verdict on OBama).
My advice: move to a Red State, so at least you don't have a state tax, and you can own a gun. That is what I plan on doing. I am kind of giving up on the USA. I had a lot of ideas, but they are futile. The Founding Fathers wouldn't even recognize the lack of liberty we have today. Income taxes, gun laws, speech codes, government running businesses, it goes on and on.
Wife and I are debating Alaska (in which we lived when we were first married) and/or Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi/Georgia/South Carolina/Tennessee/Kentucky... (I golf...)
Here in Maine we feel like we are holed up in Fort Courage, surrounded by Hekawi Injuns, with me in danger of becoming Trooper Duffy (or, more likely, Charlie the Town Drunk) while the missus remains forever Wrangler Jane...
Is there another state that votes for a Republican Senator (albeit Collins) by 61% to 39% and Øbama by 58% to 40%? Maine is either a dumping ground for Tourette Syndrome sufferers, or we suffer from the worst public education system in the nation.
Meta-You are dreaming. None of those are a hindrence or even a speed-bump to his plans.