These days everyone’s predicting the likely winner of the election next week.
Rather than make a solid prediction, I’ll just stay with this race is too close and leave it at that.
I am, however, already working on a post-election day post, and my efforts reminded me that I had written a similar post four years ago on a former blog. Although the blog has long since been taken down, I saved all the content in a database, in the unlikely event that there was something worth preserving. So I went and pulled it up this morning and I’ll put it here, just for fun.
Keep in mind I was still in full-blown financial crisis mode and quite a bit farther to the right when I wrote it. Enjoy!
I voted this morning, and, though I won’t tell you who for, it wasn’t for either Obama or McCain. I refuse to vote for anyone who supports the government’s ridiculous and harmful bailout proposals. And you can expect the government printing presses to continue unabated under either one of our two main candidates.
I suspect that Obama will win this election, so it will be a historic one in that America will finally elect an African-American President. Let me tell what I look forward to (and don’t look forward to) in an Obama Presidency:
I look forward to the impact of a new and more powerful role model for African-American youth than rappers and sports stars. I predict the impact of President Obama the role model will be lasting, substantial, and very beneficial–much more so than Obama’s policy accomplishments as President.
I look forward to having a President who’s a good speaker again.
I look forward to having a President who is committed to at least trying to resolve this country’s health care crisis.
I look forward to the Republican Party being humiliated at the polls and regrouping to reclaim its identity as the party (more) in favor of limited government and American values.
I look forward to an end to the Bush and Clinton dynasties in American politics.
I look forward to an end of the constant and rather whiny complaints about evil geniuses Dick Cheney and Karl Rove.
I do not look forward to the appointment of liberal law professors (e.g. Harold Honghju Koh) to the United States Supreme Court.
I do not look forward to New Deal II, complete with foreclosure moratoriums and continued government bailouts.
I do not look forward to Democratic control of the Presidency and both houses of Congress.
I do not look forward to large amounts of high-flying rhetoric inconsistent with the ordinary, and very political, strategies being pursued on the ground.
I do not look forward to the fulfillment of Joe Biden’s foreign policy test prophecy.
And there you have it, some of my take on the next four years. Best of luck, President Obama, you’re going to need it.
And congratulations to President Bush. I bet there is no one happier than him that the election is now over and he can begin making permanent plans to get out of the White House . . . well, except perhaps for a large majority of the American people. But their minds will change (at least a little bit) in the coming years.
Remember, it hath been foretold . . .