Well a remarkable thing will occur in the United States.  Regardless of who won we were going to have a peaceful transition of power.

Last night was historic, and we as a nation can rejoice that we have transcended race.  So congratulations to President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-Elect Joe Biden.  Some thoughts:

  • We really still don’t know exactly how a President Obama will govern.  Some pundits last night thinks that he’ll be pragmatic.  I’m not so sure.  President Clinton did well by campaign as a centrist and for the most part governing as a centrist.  I don’t think that this is a mandate for the far left, but I can see how they would think that.  Remember 1994.
  • Senator McCain wouldn’t have been even this close if it were not for his choice of Governor Sarah Palin because she did energize the base which he desperately needed.  Best choice?  That could be argued, but honestly I don’t see who he could have selected that would have had the same effect.  If there were mistakes made with Governor Palin it would be with preparation.  Perhaps an earlier, private selection was needed and so time could be spent preparing her in areas she had no reason to know about.  Also better handling with her interviews, no taped interviews, only unedited live interviews should have been agreed upon.
  • The economy killed him.  If this stayed focused on national security and the War on Terror last night would have been different, it may not have meant a win, but it would have been a lot tighter.
  • He should have turned the dogs loose.  Only those who are die-hard Obama supporters would not think his associations were fair game.  McCain and Palin bringing up his associations in the closing weeks was too little, too late.  He should have (or other GOP sources) gone over that earlier.  In the last few weeks they needed to getting their message about economy out.
  • Be clearer about how he and Governor Palin were going to bring change.  Talk specifics.

Anyway those are some of my thoughts.  President-Elect Obama can count on my prayer support.  He can count on respectful treatment.  I will not treat him with the level of vitriol that President Bush has seen from the left.  I will encourage him when I think he is right, and I will respectfully oppose him when I think he is wrong.

25 comments
  1. It isn’t the first time the economy has been the primary focus of a presidential election nor will it be the last.

    We all need to pray for our President-elect as fervently and deeply today as before we knew who the man would be at the head of our government.

  2. It isn’t the first time the economy has been the primary focus of a presidential election nor will it be the last.

    We all need to pray for our President-elect as fervently and deeply today as before we knew who the man would be at the head of our government.

  3. I disagree that Palin got his this far, because whatever gains she got him turned into a drag pretty quickly. Palin was a magnet for a lot of undesirable elements that put a sour taste in the mouths of many conservatives, moderate republicans and independent folks.

    I would argue that McCain would have been closer to victory…and might have won in fact…if he had been more like the man who gave the concession speech last night and less the man he’s been for some months previous.

    But that’s just my two cents. And we know how much pennies are worth, right?

  4. I disagree that Palin got his this far, because whatever gains she got him turned into a drag pretty quickly. Palin was a magnet for a lot of undesirable elements that put a sour taste in the mouths of many conservatives, moderate republicans and independent folks.

    I would argue that McCain would have been closer to victory…and might have won in fact…if he had been more like the man who gave the concession speech last night and less the man he’s been for some months previous.

    But that’s just my two cents. And we know how much pennies are worth, right?

  5. How the ballot initiatives turned out were even more interesting than perhaps the foregone conclusion on the national race. The pro-family or vote against gay marriage were almost unanimously passed even in the West states, like CA. The pro-life initiatives had a lot more problems getting passed, and even South Dakota turned down its more lenient initiative again for second time.

    As much vitriol from the Left over Prop 8 defeat, I am that much discouraged that unborn life is no more protected than it was yesterday. States could have sent clear signal about protecting life, and once again the American brought shame to its head.

    As for McCain, his problems were he had to 180 on a number of critical core issues from past statements. He suddenly became a strong Pro-Life advocate where in the past his convictions were not nearly as strong. It became easy for the Left to pick on the right leanings and difficult for him to defend given the history.

  6. How the ballot initiatives turned out were even more interesting than perhaps the foregone conclusion on the national race. The pro-family or vote against gay marriage were almost unanimously passed even in the West states, like CA. The pro-life initiatives had a lot more problems getting passed, and even South Dakota turned down its more lenient initiative again for second time.

    As much vitriol from the Left over Prop 8 defeat, I am that much discouraged that unborn life is no more protected than it was yesterday. States could have sent clear signal about protecting life, and once again the American brought shame to its head.

    As for McCain, his problems were he had to 180 on a number of critical core issues from past statements. He suddenly became a strong Pro-Life advocate where in the past his convictions were not nearly as strong. It became easy for the Left to pick on the right leanings and difficult for him to defend given the history.

  7. @AndyC – amen
    @ Kansas Bob – good to hear. Have to remind some of my friends that we are told to pray for our leaders, not just the ones we agree with.
    @Deacon – She certainly didn’t poll well with independents, but to say “many” with conservatives is not accurate. I haven’t seen polling data on moderate republicans.

    I think if handled properly and prepared better she could have done better. The Gibson and Couric interviews hurt her. She did well in the debates and the rest of the interviews were fine.

    @Kent – Proposition 8 in CA, and the ballot initiatives in FL and AZ are the good news. As far as South Dakota is concerned, I haven’t looked at what the language stated. Would it even do anything before Roe v. Wade is struck down?

    You are right that McCain’s past was problematic.

  8. @AndyC – amen
    @ Kansas Bob – good to hear. Have to remind some of my friends that we are told to pray for our leaders, not just the ones we agree with.
    @Deacon – She certainly didn’t poll well with independents, but to say “many” with conservatives is not accurate. I haven’t seen polling data on moderate republicans.

    I think if handled properly and prepared better she could have done better. The Gibson and Couric interviews hurt her. She did well in the debates and the rest of the interviews were fine.

    @Kent – Proposition 8 in CA, and the ballot initiatives in FL and AZ are the good news. As far as South Dakota is concerned, I haven’t looked at what the language stated. Would it even do anything before Roe v. Wade is struck down?

    You are right that McCain’s past was problematic.

  9. “Many” is a vague and potentially easy to misunderstand word, and my apologies for that.

    I was thinking in terms of the fact we saw several very conservative, intellectual folks in the public eye who were horried or at least pretty concerned about her.

    My thought is that a “significant” number of conservatives were very upset with her being on the ticket. Doesn’t mean they didn’t support the ticket, but the fact they didn’t like it was bound to percolate.

    As for Palin’s Oval Office readiness, I know we are about 180 degree apart on that, and I’m not going to hound you on that topic.
    😉

  10. “Many” is a vague and potentially easy to misunderstand word, and my apologies for that.

    I was thinking in terms of the fact we saw several very conservative, intellectual folks in the public eye who were horried or at least pretty concerned about her.

    My thought is that a “significant” number of conservatives were very upset with her being on the ticket. Doesn’t mean they didn’t support the ticket, but the fact they didn’t like it was bound to percolate.

    As for Palin’s Oval Office readiness, I know we are about 180 degree apart on that, and I’m not going to hound you on that topic.
    😉

  11. My candidate won – and we all celebrated where I am from…this was historic.

    McCain really had no cache’ – he was some old dude (72) with a girl as his VP – a girl VP that did not play well on tv and may people distrusted. You can disagree with that breakdown – but election numbers kind of back that – Obama won more than some thought he could – Palin was part of the voter decisions.

    Obama is young and dynamic – and is the first African American President in USA history – it only took some 221 years and 40 years from the King Jr. speech – I call that some change in America. Obama also inspires people – he speaks to the hope of society and not it’s lowest common denominators – fear and loathing. He is such a change I would almost call the guy a 180 change from what Bush is.

    Last night was monumental and meaningful – for many people on this globe – and I cannot say that same thing if McCain had one.

  12. My candidate won – and we all celebrated where I am from…this was historic.

    McCain really had no cache’ – he was some old dude (72) with a girl as his VP – a girl VP that did not play well on tv and may people distrusted. You can disagree with that breakdown – but election numbers kind of back that – Obama won more than some thought he could – Palin was part of the voter decisions.

    Obama is young and dynamic – and is the first African American President in USA history – it only took some 221 years and 40 years from the King Jr. speech – I call that some change in America. Obama also inspires people – he speaks to the hope of society and not it’s lowest common denominators – fear and loathing. He is such a change I would almost call the guy a 180 change from what Bush is.

    Last night was monumental and meaningful – for many people on this globe – and I cannot say that same thing if McCain had one.

  13. @Shane – re: efficacy in the light of Roe v. Wade, at the very least it would challenge the ruling of Roe v. Wade and the common (perhaps misunderstanding) that Roe v. Wade grants unlimited, unfettered access from a federal level to abortion. I believe the legally correct view is that it prohibited Federal infringement on that right which constitutionally is perhaps appropriate. It never prevented states from creating laws that regulating or stopping the practice. This is also why I think the only real cure is a Constitutional ammendment to end it as the state by state approach failed with slavery issue.

  14. @Shane – re: efficacy in the light of Roe v. Wade, at the very least it would challenge the ruling of Roe v. Wade and the common (perhaps misunderstanding) that Roe v. Wade grants unlimited, unfettered access from a federal level to abortion. I believe the legally correct view is that it prohibited Federal infringement on that right which constitutionally is perhaps appropriate. It never prevented states from creating laws that regulating or stopping the practice. This is also why I think the only real cure is a Constitutional ammendment to end it as the state by state approach failed with slavery issue.

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