In addition to seconding what John and Phil have said about President-elect Obama, I’d like to bury the Bradley effect. Some predicted — hoped? — that Obama would lose this election, failing in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, because he is a black man. We should be glad they were wrong. Conservatives above all should know ours is not a racist country. The taint of racism has already done enough harm to America generally and our political movement specifically. John McCain, whatever his other faults, has been an opponent of bigotry for much of his public life who would probably not have wanted to win an election that way.
Obama campaigned on a promise to reinstate failed big-government policies of the past and to add a few new ones along the way. On that basis, he did not deserve to be elected president and conservatives must continue to oppose much of his agenda in office. But if he could not be beaten based on his ideas and policies, it is for the good of the Republican Party, the conservative movement, and above all our country that he was not beaten because of the color of his skin. Of course, Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have been surprised.
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