DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP (part 1)
A quick rundown of a few positives from last night.
-Three states voted to ban gay marriage, including Florida, where 60% of the vote was required, and California, which is notoriously liberal. Gay marriage bans are now 30-for-30 out of our fifty states. This supports two major theses, the first of which is that we are still a center-right country. There was much talk on the networks last night about a “tectonic shift” in the makeup of the American electorate, but this is ridiculous, as 55 million people voted against Barack Obama-the-anointed. Second, the perfect track record of these ballot initiatives helps the argument that gay marriage is fundamentally unacceptable across human nature. You would figure that somewhere, in some state, with some particular demographic population, that such a vote would fail, but it has not, including in those votes were a supermajority was required. In fact, it was exit-polled that both the CA and FL votes this year were supported by over 70% of African-Americans (of whom about 90% voted for Obama) and over 50% of Hispanics, indicating that the sanctity of marriage is a universal one, regardless of what some “progressives” might have us think. Of note, Arkansas voters also banned gay couples from adopting children; it seems that people in the heartland believe that kids deserve a mom and a dad. All my point here is emphasizing that the people voted for these things, so nobody can claim that conservative lawmakers or judges or whomever are trumping the will of the people; these results are America.
-The GOP losses in Congress appear to be limited. It’s possible that the Dems will have only 56 Senate seats (or less, depending on Lieberman) when it seemed very possible that they could have 60. Also, the GOP may have lost only 20 House seats instead of the 25-30 that were predicted. The analysis here is that John McCain lost his election; the GOP brand does not seem to have done it for him. That said, I am not surprised that the GOP brand appears marred, and frankly I think it’s high time that we have more Eric Cantors and less Elizabeth Doles, even if it means fewer GOP seats overall.-This “mandate” business opens the door for conservatives in 2010. Already, we are seeing extreme partisanship in Obama’s selection of Rahm Emanuel for Chief of Staff (wasn’t Barack the “post-partisan” candidate?). Further, Obama is getting a crap economy that showed it doesn’t like him by losing 500 points on the DJIA today. (Yahoo! Finance top headline: “Stocks Plunge as Investors Ponder Obama Presidency; Dow Falls Nearly 500- AP”) He also inherits a war in Iraq that may prove to be his undoing no matter what, whether it’s because he loses his 2012 base vote by breaking his promise and keeping troops there or because he pulls out soon as promised but the region goes to heck. Finally, he will have to deal with all of his international expectations, and given Canada’s and Europe’s increasing conservatism (see: Sarkozy), this might be quite difficult. Really there’s more than these things, but the point is that any “mandate” is almost a kiss of death where anything that goes wrong is blown out of proportion as a failure to execute (see: 1992, 2004). Given this, real conservatives, and not just GOP party politicians (who have clearly been rejected) can start gearing up now with honest hopes.
-It is now proven that people like Sarah Palin can succeed. “People like Sarah Palin” include: outside-the-beltways, ideological conservatives, women, moms, “plain-talkers”, pro-life women, moose hunters, Miss America winners, self-made family people, and others of the like. Do not believe what is said about her having hurt the ticket; she helped the ticket and excited people, no matter how much experience she had or didn’t have.
-The mainstream media has been outed as ridiculously liberal. One flashy new example here.
-Oh, yes, we elected a black person as our President freely and Constitutionally. Why is this last on my list? Not because it doesn’t deserve serious mention especially on a historical blog, but because I am sick of this being the top headline. (Why isn’t the headline that we elected the first Marxist socialist?) If the idea is that we have transcended race and that race relations in America are finally at ease, then the point should be that we elected Barack Obama over John McCain, not that we elected a black person. Therefore, I hope that we can praise and/or criticize Obama and his administration freely based on its policies and actions; I don’t want to hear anything about how any such criticism might be racist (now or in the future) and I don’t want to hear ever again that people who vote against a minority candidate must be racist. From now on, all campaigns, candidates, office holders, and election losers, must be just that, without regard to race. By the way, voters in Nebraska have overturned affirmative action there and it’s possible at the moment that Coloradans might do the same. This is a very good thing, as the ultimate goal has always been to judge people “on the content of their character” only, whether they are seeking a job, admission to a school, or the Presidency of the United States.
Ok, enough for now. I don’t want to make it sound like this is all good, because it’s not. In fact, it may be horrible, and the Rahm Emanuel selection really makes it look like it will be. I will post soon about my first gut emotional reaction (negative, of course) to the election results; it will be more historically-based, I promise.
Hey, Conservatives- DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP!