A post-election post

I don’t normally talk politics on my blog, but it’s darn-near impossible to not address the major paradigm shift we’ve just begun as a country. So I’m going to try to be as objective as I can – drawing on my liberal arts undergrad studies (thanks, Ursinus College) and my journalistic training (thanks, Temple University). (Apologies, Dear Reader, sometimes I’m such an academic snob/dork.)

Barack Obama won in a landslide because he ran a campaign about hope that inspired millions. John McCain lost for a variety of reasons, but the major one being that his campaign wasn’t very McCain-like.

I really wanted to see a civil campaign in which the candidates discussed their positions intelligently. I wanted to see political advertising that was more about “what I’m going to do for you” and less about “the other guy’s flaws.”

While Obama seemed to live up to my expectations, John McCain didn’t. The man who built his reputation as an aisle-crossing, let’s-work-together Congressman ended up approving attack ad after attack ad. His campaign trotted out the anti-American, anti-Semitic Reverend Jeremiah Wright, even though Sarah Palin’s wacky clergyman was praying for protection against witchcraft and hosting anti-Semitic guest speakers.

McCain approved messages talking about Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, a “domestic terrorist.” Obama, to his credit, never discussed McCain’s involvement in the Keating Five corruption scandal of the late 1980s/early 1990s.

Americans had a simple choice: positivity vs. negativity. And after the past eight years, it was time for some good old-fashioned American hope.

P.S.: Although I am personally very happy to see Barack Obama win this election, I am also glad he made sure to note in his victory speech that our nation’s problems won’t just go away because he won. But I think he’s the right man to lead our country out of these troubled times. And I wish him all the luck in the world.

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3 Comments

  1. My hope glass is half full for the first time in eight years. The optimism might be fleeting in the end, but I’m going to enjoy it as long as I can.

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  2. As someone who did not really like either candidate, I don’t think that Obama did anything to win except not be ‘Republican’.

    The country, indeed wants – and needs change. And a record number of folks came out and voted for the change. Not for policies or plans or actionable items – but for change. Change. That’s it.

    Americans have gotten what they wanted: America will now be run by someone who has never accomplished anything in his life – except becoming president (not that that alone is a big accomplishment, don’t get me wrong). You are right on McCain’s Keating connections – however, Obama has a track record of making bad choices of bedfellows again and again. The comparison of McCain/Keating and Obama and Rezko/Ayres/Wright, ad nauseum isn’t even in the same league. I truly hope that Obama chooses better bedfellows – at least as long as he’s running the free world.

    While all the “Obamaniacs” are rejoicing that their savior has indeed risen, what they are forgetting is that this same man they are building up now will be the man they will be tearing down in four years.

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  3. A couple points.

    Here are some accomplishments of Obama’s that I think are rather noteworthy:
    –President of Harvard Law Review
    –Three terms in the Illinois Senate
    –Taught at Univ. of Chicago Law School
    –Served in U.S. Senate

    I think Obama has learned from his mistakes when it comes to choosing the wrong friends, and he’s going to do all he can to avoid them. His Cabinet will be very telling.

    And guess what? This is America. We love building up people and tearing them down, whether they’re celebrities or athletes or politicians. Schadenfreude is one of our greatest national products.

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