Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Back to your regularly scheduled blogging...

...tomorrow. Today I still want to talk about the election.

First, I'm happy that Obama won, but I'm not gloating that McCain lost. As I've said before, I admired him back in 2000, and would even have considered voting for him back then. Besides being too old, he had a nearly impossible task this year, what with being from the same party as one of the worst presidents in our history. He lost his bearings at times out of the apparent need to pander to the right-wing of his party, but he could have been much worse. His campaign may have blown the occasional "dog whistle," but it never fell into the "Black! Scary! Scary black!" sewer that some Republicans would have preferred. According to Newsweek,

McCain also was reluctant to use Obama's incendiary pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as a campaign issue. The Republican had set firm boundaries: no Jeremiah Wright; no attacking Michelle Obama; no attacking Obama for not serving in the military. McCain balked at an ad using images of children that suggested that Obama might not protect them from terrorism. Schmidt vetoed ads suggesting that Obama was soft on crime (no Willie Hortons). And before word even got to McCain, Schmidt and Salter scuttled a "celebrity" ad of Obama dancing with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (the sight of a black man dancing with a lesbian was deemed too provocative).

Ultimately, McCain kept his soul and his honor, as his concession speech demonstrated.

Second, yesterday was a great day for America. Think about what it's like to live your life in a country where you're sure that some of your aspirations will always be checked because of the color of your skin. Think about what it's like knowing that no one like you will ever lead your country. And think about what it's like when that changes. It's hard to imagine. Here's Colin Powell talking about something like that.

Third, although I won't gloat over McCain, I will gloat over Liddy Dole's loss. She deserved it. Gloat.

Fourth, although Obama's win makes me very happy, a lot of that good feeling is taken away by the passage of Proposition 8 in California. I can't imagine a deeper perversion of constitutional democracy than amending a constitution to take away specific rights from a specific minority. That's the opposite of what constitutions are for. Well, at least the issue isn't going away anytime soon.

Oh, and all you yes-on-8 people out there, just give up on the "We're not bigoted, we simply believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, blah-blah-blah..." nonsense, OK? You're no more credible than the old-time segregationists who used to say, "We're not bigoted, we simply believe that Whites and Negroes should live apart." Just spare us. You're not convincing anyone.

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