Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President-elect Obama

While it's not quite "official" yet (the president's not elected until the electoral college meets on Dec. 18, 2008) Senator McCain has called and told his opponent that he is not going to actually run for president. Of course that still leaves Obama up against 5 0r 6 other folks (Baldwin, Barr, Nader, etc) but hey, since the Media doesn't talk about them they don't exist.

Anyways, current estimates put Obama at receiving ~344 electoral votes, an overwhelming majority in this cycle (McCain is listed at receiving ~168).

That's a nearly 3:1 spread. Why?

I don't care how fluent he is, it can't be that Obama is just that good of a speaker. So what can it be? His highly liberal, socialist, and anti-gun policies just don't create the kind of turnout that we're seeing.

In my opinion, it's just the simple fact that McCain isn't a conservative. He's a moderate with liberal leanings, the same as President Bush--and let's face it, if you're going to vote for a liberal, just go on and vote for one. I firmly believe that there are three types of voters out there for Obama:
  1. True Liberals who believe in his socialist, anti-gun, etc leanings (a majority of his voters)
  2. Folks who voted for him, just because of his race
  3. Folks who were scared of McCain being in office
I can understand number 3, after all, when I was some stupid young kid back in the 2000 election, I voted George Bush because I was scared of having Gore in the White Hourse. That was the first, and last, time which I wasted my vote, when I gave it away to someone, not because I believed in their message, but because I didn't want their opponent to take the office.

Now, I'm going to make a statement, it's probably going to bother a lot of folks, and I'm sure it will create all sorts of interesting issues for me, but I'm going to do it anyways.
The Republican Party has one more (Presidential) election to stay relative to the Conservative voter
And by that I mean that in 2012, I don't see how the Republican Party can maintain the illusion of being a conservative party if it provides us with Presidential candidates along the same lines as John McCain or Fred Thompson from this cycle.

So, what is the Republican party needing to do to ensure that it stays relevant? Truthfully, at this point it has two options.

The first, and the one it has been taking since Bush Sr, is to shift left. The problem with this is that the further left the Republicans go, the crazier the Democrats (who are left of the Republicans) get. If this process continues, I urge everyone to stop being Republican and take a good long look at some of the other options out there, specifically the Constitution Party (actually go take a good look at it regardless).

The second option, and one I personally endorse, is to take a hard turn back to the right. Get back to what it means to be conservative: small government, fiscal responsibilities, slowing down growth of social welfare projects, turning the government back to its Constitutional mandates.

Now, I guess it's time to sit back, see how the Republicans react to this fiasco of an election cycle (for them at least) and to hope and pray that Obama doesn't send us further away from a Constitutional government.

Odd, but I think that's the first time I've ever actually hoped that a politician doesn't keep his campaign promises.



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