Thursday, November 06, 2008

Defeat soaks in

Having had a day or so to contemplate the rebuke of the conservatives at the hands of the voters in the 2008 US Election, what strikes me most is the maturity of their response to their defeat.

While yes, you are going to find some hotheads right now on the right side of the political spectrum, I don't see a lot of Republicans threatening to move overseas, taking psychotropic medication, or heading off to see their shrinks. And furthermore, I am not seeing GOP operatives attacking the American people nonstop for being so stupid as to vote for the other guy. One could argue that the conservatives are entitled to such less-than-seemly actions--after all, these are all things that the left did in response to their loss in the 2004 US election.

I think this graciousness and maturity comes from the very top, from the man the Republican party put up for the election this year, and the man who was trounced so badly at the polls. Here's what I feel to be McCain's finest speech of his campaign. Too bad his best speech of the year ended up being his concession speech:

Never does McCain succumb to anxiety, pessimism or despair with his words. Instead, at what must be a tremendous low point, personally and professionally, for him and everyone around him, McCain speaks and exemplifies honor, respect, restraint, decorum, and sincere gratitude for having had the chance to serve. He doesn't throw a tantrum or hurtle accusations, and never does he utter an unkind word in regards to his political opponent. Bravo, Senator McCain. I salute you.

All Americans should take deep pride that we have such leaders, that such sweeping changes in political power can occur democratically and peacefully. This is part what makes America great.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

From England, through the blizzard of Obama-backing media-effluent, little has been seen of the real character of Mc.Cain.
I did see this speech, and what you say is true.
Perhaps America has lost a chance to have such a decent, strong person as it's leader, falling instead fro the spin and rhetoric of youth.
Perhaps Mc.Cain simply was too gentlemanly to hit back at such taunts as Obama threw at him, when he said that McCain was only a sidekick of Bush.
The opposition to Obama was simply far too restrained, no doubt because of race and other considerations.
The Democrat hierarchy that helped bank-roll Obama's win, will no doubt demand their pound of flesh for their support.
I expect we shall see great efforts now, to have all that has been done by the Republican government, ripped up and replaced with a dream called the "Nu-America."
I feel sorry for all the Black voters who thought they were empowering one of their own to further their agenda of needs and demands.
Somehow I think not, though there will be plenty of window dressing.
I fear much more now, about whose fingers are on the nuclear button, than I did with any former Republican President.
Wasn't it the Democrat leadership of a young and enthusiastic President that last led us close to the brink of destruction?
Do we want to gamble such odds again?