A few observations about the National elections:
- The huge voter turnout was indicative of a restive populace looking for something different than what the current Administration has wrought. The voters might be called lots of things, but complacent would not be one of them.
- A neo-conservative, ideologically divisive and demagogical approach to politics probably works when the resulting policies actually lead to something constructive. Otherwise, payback’s a bitch. In retrospect, George Bush beat John McCain twice.
- Although only a first step, eloquent speaking is a great first step. Obama’s victory speech sort of puts into perspective the oratorical vacuum of the past eight years.
- If the Democratic Party can turn this campaign’s organizational approach into a repeatable phenomenon then the Republican Party will have its work cut out for it, for many years to come.
- The relative closeness of the popular vote indicates that this country still has a lot of healing to do. As much as I would like to believe that we are the United States – and not Red and Blue states – much needs to be done to heal the wounds of the past eight years.
Let the healing begin.