On Election Day, before the first results came in, I took a look around the tubes of the Internets to see what some voices on the Right were saying. At the time, Right-wingers voiced everything from paranoia to optimistic exuberance to regret. I linked to five interesting conservative posts. Let's see what their post-election thoughts are.
On Election Day, Arizona conservative (and misinformed paranoid) pundit Paul Marston predicted a McCain landslide victory. He boasted of having never been wrong in his predictions. Now he says, "It appears he (Obama) has plans to build his own "civilian" military cadre. All that will be lacking is the brown shirts." He also said, "My faith in the good sense of the American people has been totally shattered by this election and I am sure it will never recover from this experience." - That's funny. My faith in the good sense of the American people was shattered about eight years ago.
The day after the election, Ross Douthat wrote at The Atlantic in a piece entitled It Could Have Been Worse, "Events, and the effectiveness of Obama's Presidency, will shape the GOP's future, but so will the choices made by figures like Palin and Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal - and they should choose with the lessons of the Eighties Democratic Party uppermost in their mind." Sober thoughts, indeed.
RedState.com's Brian Faughnan has moved beyond his complaints about supposed voter intimidation by the Black Panthers in Philadelphia and recently raised some legitimate concerns about possible bailouts for the American automobile industry.
Conservative Michelle Malkin put aside her concerns about Michelle Obama long enough to urge her fellow conservatives to "keep the faith" and "gird your loins." She offers an immediate five-point plan to thwart Democrats' plans:
1) Oppose the Democrats' next stimulus boondoggle.
2) Oppose Obama's windfall profits tax proposal.
3) Oppose new bailouts for states deep in debt.
4) Oppose new foreclosure prevention measures that will simply provide perverse incentives for borrowers to walk away and delay a needed market correction.
5) No more federal loan guarantees for corporations.
Finally, one of my favorite bright bulbs on the Right, Don Surber, who is one prolific poster having posted about a million items since Tuesday, has a headline today that I just had to share: Is That All You Have, Democrats?
Surber basically argues, quoting Bill Whittle at the National Review, that with all of the advantages the Democrats had this election cycle, real or imagined (and there's a litany of imagined advantages), Obama still only took about 53 percent of the vote. This is somehow translates into a loss.
A common theme among conservatives seems to be to keep on fighting for their causes. I would offer the same advice to liberals and progressives. Having won the Presidency and Congress, the Democrats' work hasn't yet really begun. We all now have a responsibility to keep the people we chose honest and make sure they do the work we elected them to do.
2010 and 2012 will be here before we know it.