It dawned on me this morning that John McCain’s campaign and the fervor it inspired was really not much different in tone and tenor than Hillary Clinton’s losing bid as she pushed through to Puerto Rico.
I don’t blame them for their attempts. That is the type of election they had been raised to run. They are a different generation. I can’t blame their supporters either. It is human nature to support your guy or gal to the death. We’re Americans after all – damn the torpedoes and all that. Like Senator Clinton, Senator McCain was gracious and magnanimous in defeat, vowing to get behind President Obama to deliver immediate solutions to our many pressing problems.
If that John or Hillary had ran for president, we might be celebrating a very different first today.
It also occurred to me that I had never been happier to be wrong in my guesses at the total margin of victory or the inability of polling to measure the American electorate. Both of those illogical ideas failed to materialize. Barack won a narrow, those decisive, victory in the popular vote. Despite the huge margin in the electoral college, a 5% popular vote victory says a lot about the character of our nation.
We are neither liberal nor conservative. We are a median nation. We like our revolutions to be neat and tidy things. We were born in blood and fire. Our Founders waged that war, so we wouldn’t have to. The peaceful transition of power we witnessed last night is proof that their concept still works and is still worth fighting for. The margin of victory represents the pendulum stopping in the true center of American ideals, which is just to the left or just to right, but certainly not the extremes that landslide victories usher in.
Think about it. If the democratic party had gained a filibuster proof majority last night would that have made us less or more polarized as a nation? We are still seeing calls for John McCain’s head this morning and the guy lost! I finally understand the objections Hillary’s supporters had about the insistence of her being used as a measuring stick for John McCain in the general election. The Raging Left can be a vindictive bunch. Just as bad as the Rapture Right.
Last night’s election marginalized both groups and ensured that Barack just might be able to achieve the ambitious goals he has set for us as a nation.