Setting the Record Straight

November 5, 2008

A New America


Welcome President-Elect Barack Obama


sr-concessionmccainjpeg     And welcome back, John McCain. The true McCain, the one we thought we knew in the past, emerged literally at the end of a long campaign: his concession speech.

     His speech was the perfect cap on a presidential campaign that demon- strated the United States finally has grown up. Whether racism in America was pretty much erased by the election or Obama won by a large enough margin to make it irrelevant, we have a new

     Not only did Obama win the presidency, he either benefited from the country having changed for the better or his candidacy brought about much of that new America. Virginia, the last state to hold out against court-ordered integration in the early 1960s, demonstrates the old America is now dead, or at least on is last legs.

     The Obama victory was large and broad enough to have given him an almost universal mandate to govern, and not for just a well-defined few stereotyped by society.

     Obama had been called a liberal by the opposition, yet there never had been any evidence that he was one. From the beginning, Obama appeared to be a centrist Democrat in the mold of Bill Clinton.

     Obama’s candidacy brought the people who would be natural Democrats, but who too often voted against their own self-interest, back into the party or into it for the first time. They include blue-collar workers who tend to be in the lower-half of the middle class as well as among the low-income, but most importantly the Hispanics who seemed finally to have realized which party is more likely to represent their interests.

     Obama’s victory, or conversely McCain’s loss, also is likely to change the Republican party itself. The party has too many ideological segments and needs to decide what its ideology is.

     McCain was handicapped by having to appeal to and represent too many conflicting segments of his party. The Obama victory suggests the party has to jettison some of those segments, even if it has to divide into two parties and start a rebuilding effort to appeal to the majority of Americans who have not been represented of late.

     And finally, let us hope the venal campaigning that marked much of the McCain/Palin campaign and of that Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., should have the same effect it appears to have this time: massive rejection.



1 Comment »

  1. No question, Obama ran the one of the best campaigns of all time ,,, plus he won fair and square. Politics is both tough and (unforunately) mean spirited. Many within know that and know how to roll with the punches. On the other hand, supporters are worse as they buy into the politics of fear and treat the opposition winner as they treat a rival football team … with hate and despise 100% of the time. Unfortunately for many McCain supporters, they don’t know how to follow his lead in demonstrating Country First.

    Comment by afrankangle — November 5, 2008 @ 10:07 am | Reply

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