The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Please, don't fight for every ballot.

It's over, and John Kerry should accept it. And I think that he will shortly. It's the best way for him to seem like a class act. I'm sure he doesn't want to be on TV four years from now with a beard screaming about Bush's disastrous policies to help out the Clinton campaign.

And in one of my worst case scenarios, the Republicans gained a few seats in Congress. All that I really wanted was a divided government no matter who won the presidency, and I'm very disappointed that it didn't happen.

But if your guy didn't win, don't be too down. It's only four years, and our President is still fairly limited as to what he can do, especially when compared to other countries. Maybe he will appoint a conservative Supreme Court justice, but in all likelihood he'll just be replacing existing conservatives anyway (William and Sandra) and the balance will be maintained. I doubt that anyone can drill in ANWR as it is wildly unpopular with everyone except Alaskans, who overwhelmingly support the idea. He will probably continue to run up deficits, but maybe the economy will pick up and close the gap a bit. And maybe he'll get serious about the way the war is being conducted. And maybe, now that reelection is no longer a concern, he will stop pushing the FMA and other social issues that exist solely to bribe the social right.

And maybe, just maybe, the Democrats will finally be galvanized into a cohesive unit that actually stands for something besides hating Republicans. Maybe they will find a candidate who knows something of economics, balancing the budget, and who doesn't look like Lurch or the Unabomber. Maybe the Democrats in the Senate will filibuster everything.

Just because your side lost doesn't mean that your causes are lost. There is more than one way to get something done in this country, and thousands of ways to block that one way. I endorsed Kerry specifically on the theory that he would not be able to do much of anything. I voted not for the man, but for what he could (not)accomplish.

George Bush is still just a man. Whether you like him or loathe him, he will propose some good ideas and some bad ideas. It is up to everyone else, especially the House and Senate, to kill the bad ideas off, and to make George Bush into the best president that he can be.

And if they don't, they will all pay for it in just four short years.

But first, let's see how Ohio finally plays out...

2 Comments:

  • Your post today was fantasic for to me read, being on the losing side and all; now I just have to hope you're right. The only thing that bothers me is now Bush doesn't have to worry about reelection and still has a carte blanche of sorts because of the "war on terror(ism)."

    By Blogger RyanSimatic, at 12:42 PM  

  • Good post, Paul. I needed the perspective. I do wonder a bit about the direction in which the country is moving. I'm not sure I understand it.

    By Blogger Jason, at 1:28 PM  

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