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Wipeout

In the battle of ideas, Progressives blew the Conservatives out of the water. The “most liberal United States Senator” was elected decisively by a broad and diverse coalition of Americans.

President-Elect Obama was delivered a mandate in the voters’ rejection of the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Specifically, voters rejected the economic policies and the incompetent governance of conservatives.

There will be much to talk about in the coming days as we sift throughthe exit polling data. But for now, think about this. The two most memorable Republicans in this campaign cycle are Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber. Nothing says more clearly that Republicans are a small, white, Christianist, regional rural party…out of touch with mainstream America and bereft of ideas…than these two fake culture warriors.

Or, you can just look at this map which shows which counties nationwide trended Democratic in the 2008 election in comparison to 2004:

7 Comments

  1. IBXer

    November 7, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Most Americans didn’t vote for Obama. They voted for change due to the economic woes of the country. Most Americans still describe themselves as moderate to conservative. Most people voted FOR conservative issues during this election (let’s not forget Obama’s been saying he will lower our taxes for the past 2 years). Many people voted for Obama expecting to get lower taxes, cheaper fuel, and more jobs. If Obama has his way, none of those will happen.

    No matter what Obama does, he will be a disappointment to many of the people who elected him. If he gives us Universal Healthcare, higher taxes, and a socialized economy, most people will be outraged at what happens to the economy and jobs. If he doesn’t do those things because his advisors tell him not to tinker too much during an economic downturn, the people who voted for a leftist utopia will be disappointed that he lied to them.

    Either way, 2010 will be another 1994.

  2. sturner

    November 7, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    IBXer…
    You’ve got lots of work to do. “Denial” is only the first stage in the Kubler-Ross Model for coping with grief or tragedy.

    You still have “Anger,” “Bargaining,” and “Depression,” before you get to “Acceptance.”

    I suggest you hurry…your party is not getting any younger.

  3. IBXer

    November 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Steve,

    I’m glad to see you acknowledge this election to be grievious and tragic…

    Many people voted for Obama because they believe he will lower their taxes, lower the cost of fuel, lower morgage expenses, etc, etc. None of those things will happen if the majority party has its way. People are going to be very angry if the left enacts its agenda.

    I honestly believe Obama won’t enact any major foolish leftwing changes. It would be political suicide. He will be another Clintonesque centrist president who will probably try a few things, get his hand slapped, and then focus on steering the country on the straight and narrow so he can win a second term in office.

  4. IBXer

    November 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    One further note, this blog entry puts forward the notion that progressives have soundly defeated conservative ideology. Wasn’t the whole premise of the Obama campaign that his administration would be post-partisan? That he would not govern from the left or the right?

  5. sturner

    November 8, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Nobody (except McCain/Palin and FOX News) pretends that Obama is Dennis Kucinich.

    Having said that, the fact of the matter is that Obama campaigned on a moderately progressive agenda. I hardly think that people who voted for Obama will be “angered” if he pursues a more progressive tax policy, withdrawal from Iraq, expansion of healthcare, greater regulation of the financial markets, and greater investment in infrastructure and alternative forms of energy. If anything, we’ll be angry if he doesn’t pursue these goals.

    I’m also betting that the country is “center-left” on the issues. There is plenty of evidence to support this, but I like the summary here:

    http://mediamatters.org/altercation/200811070006#3

    The problem with you conservatives is that you still think it’s 1980. It’s not, nor is it 1994. The country has changed. Like it or not, the American public has decided to link the failed Bush policies with the conservative movement. Your ideology has been rejected. Nonetheless, my guess is that conservatives will decide to lurch further to the right to your so-called “core principles” (small government, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, defense spending). Whatever. I don’t see the demographic trends as being your friend.

  6. IBXer

    November 10, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Actually, I fear it will be more like 1984.

  7. Bob

    November 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    During the past eight years the American people have witnessed the sacking of our country. As a result the people voted to give the so called Liberals [code word for progressives] their turn at the wheel in steering the ship of state. Perhaps the new administration can lead the way in returning America to the value and satisfaction of honestly looking us in the eye, with out winking, and telling us the true state of our union.

    It is time to get to work in partnership with the new administration to improve our neighborhoods, cities, states and the country.