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Red + Blue > The Sum of its Parts

November 5, 2008

Admittedly, I’m a bit disappointed about the outcome of yesterday’s Presidential election.  I’m not fully convinced that Barack Obama is the right man for the job.  I am a little frightened of the cult of personality that surrounds him.  But, I am hopeful that over the next few months, he will prove himself worthy of the most important job in the land.  Hopeful, not confident.  Show me the change, then I’ll believe in it.

I do have to concede, however, that this entire election cycle was completely groundbreaking and historic.  A black man as President?  A woman as a major party Vice Presidential candidate?  No matter who won, history was made in 2008.  And, yes, I know – McCain would have been the oldest President ever elected to a first term.  Blah, blah, blah.

If my ideas differ from yours, I hope that you’ll respect them and not let politics get in the way of progress.  Most of us R’s are good people who want the same things you do – job security, safe neighborhoods, good medical care, quality education for our children, and confidence in the future.  We should be able to get along and just get the job done.  We don’t have to hang out and get drinks after work (unless you’re buying).

The good thing about yesterday?  Got lots of sleep – I went to bed early because there was nothing on TV that I wanted to watch.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire Lynch permalink
    November 6, 2008 6:50 pm

    Your comments were probably the first ones I have heard from an “R” that even sounded hopeful. What I have heard from every other McCain backer has been vitriolic, denegrating and outright racially hateful -especially within the bonds of our “loving” family. (Of course, I still cannot believe that there is anyone out there with Lynch blood in them that could be a Republican!!-but I still love you in spite of your “r” beliefs!)
    I was disappointed that I was the second person to vote that morning in my polling place ( I have always been first), but when I turned around and saw a line full of young men and women-all young enough to be my children (or nieces) waiting their chance to exercise the most powerful right and privilege as US citizens made me very proud.
    I am beyond hopeful that a changing of the guard in the White House (which someone has now called the Biracial House) will do much to try and fix the many now broken parts of this wonderful country.
    I am proud that 52% of the voters in this country were able to view Barack as a man and not simply a color. The election brought me back to the Kennedy years when a young Irish Catholic was being attacked for being a Catholic and what fear that caused. We are a great nation made up of d’s and r’s and i’s and uncommitted (and some should be committed) and blacks, whites, browns, reds and yellows, who do all want the same rights and privileges for themselves and their children.
    Be proud America! We did make history with this election.
    So, that’s my schtick and I am schticking with it!

  2. November 7, 2008 12:03 pm

    So does that mean that I have to buy the drinks in order for you to hang out with me from now on?

    (sad, puppy-eyed face)

    And of course that would mean that we would actually have PLANS to hang out first…sigh. We really need to put something on our calendars.

  3. wendalicious permalink
    November 8, 2008 8:32 pm

    Uh, no. You, my dear friend, are OBLIGATED to hang out with me, no matter who’s buying!

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