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The Night So Far…

(Written on November 5th, 2008)

Well, it’s going to be close (cough) but Obama might pull through…

What I’m focusing on now is the Senate. I love checks and balances — especially when they cause the ever loved “political gridlock”. You see, whenever the governmental bureaucrats smoothly are able to implement their policies for the betterment of the general welfare, you can bet that most likely special interests will reap their rewards, inefficiency will ensure the attempted policy’s failure, and taxpayers will take care of the bill.

I don’t have a double standard. I was happy that the Republicans barely controlled the Senate a few years back ensuring that the Democrats could always threaten using their filibuster power. And now, we have the prospect that the legislative, the executive, and (in a little over two years or more probably) the judicial will have leftist ideologues at their helm. It is imperative that the Republicans hold on to 41 seats in the Senate to bear through these next couple years.

Such an electoral sweep places Obama in a politically awkward situation. Here we have a candidate that has promised an agenda centered on unity and political healing. Numerous times, Obama surrogates have emphasized this point. When Obama voted in favor of FISA legislation, for example, Harold Ford told ABC news that Obama’s “not running to be the left’s president” or “MoveOn.Org’s president”. However, with such an impressive, electoral mandate, Obama tomorrow has a heavy burden to sort through. His base expects so much from him; he has made his promises of change and has promised to accomplish them with his hope-filled audacity. He is entering office with the exigency to address our delicate foreign affairs situation in the Middle East and an economy that might suffer more in its cyclical recession. The Democrat-controlled House (as less Blue-Dog Democrats were elected this time compared to 2006) and Senate will hold Obama to expectations.

So…Obama must now decide whether he will radicalize Washington and implement an encompassing leftist agenda, or will he walk a safe, moderate, Clintonian line. The worst things for the Democratic Party, in my opinion, would be for Obama to follow a very leftist agenda; there will be backlash in 2010. The Republicans lost in 2006 and 2008 not because the country has decided on a referendum of Republican principals but because the country has decided on a referendum of politics as usual. Over the last few years, when I’ve looked at the debates and votes in Congress and the policies of George Bush, I often couldn’t differentiate between party and ideology. The Republicans became complacent; the power became corrupting; the principals became forgotten.

Trust me. Come 2010, if the Obama administration thinks he has just became the left’s Reagan and they now have the citizen’s backing to implement a far-reaching leftist agenda, then the Republicans will definitely be back in the House and Senate in two years. Being out in the cold might just make the Republicans retake the principals they so lackadaisically abandoned and organize themselves into a well-oiled, political machine.

Come 2010…

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