Even in the powerful afterglow of historic Election Day 2008, realism makes us ask: What will Barack Obama's first 100 days in office mean for us?
Americans are known for their eagerness for a new president to succeed. We do give each one a honeymoon. We traditionally have suspended judgment for 100 days, preferring to be believers in a new administration. Already, some voters who vehemently supported John McCain are rushing to take credit for Obama's victory. (However, if he proves a disappointment, they will just as quickly distance themselves from him.)Read More
Congratulations to Barack Obama, the incoming 44th President of the United States. He soon will fill America's highest office after a nearly flawless, first-time White House bid. He demonstrates that education, eloquence, and elegance trump lingering racial bias. His staunchly left-liberal ideas aside, he inspires in many ways. May he govern justly and make every American proud.
Now, what about those who Obama and his supporters vanquished? What the Republican Party badly needs is a Night of the Long Knives.Read More
Barack Obama's historic victory has created a new electoral map.
Several red Republican states turned blue for Democrats on Election Day. Some blue states turned even bluer. Predictably, the result has buoyed Democrats and depressed Republicans. Less predictable is whether the change will last.Read More
My son, a nominal Republican, called from the West Coast to inform me that he had just voted for Barack Obama.
"I just felt l had to be a part of history," he said excitedly. "I wanted to be able to say that I helped elect the first African American president of the United States."Read More
The election of Barack Obama was a transformational moment in American politics, a seismic shift in the political landscape, a rejection of the old, hard-edged ideologically driven campaigns.
And so perhaps you, like so many other Americans, are asking, "What's in it for me?"
The answer comes back in these perilous financial times -- a steady job in the Obama administration. It's well-paid work, white-collar, indoors, no heavy lifting and good for four years and, with luck, maybe eight.Read More
President-elect Barack Obama's win is so cataclysmically historic one knows not where to begin. First, his victory signifies the death of the Old South and President Nixon's infamous "Southern Strategy," which the GOP has used successfully for almost four decades to win presidential elections.Read More