Yesterday, I prepared for a loss, and so was pretty excited when I saw Obama victories in Pennsylvania.
Watching the two men speak last night, I was reminded of why I like Obama. Romney said all the things he was supposed to, but I have to say he struck me as a person without a core. I am not making too much of that concession speech--I think it is hard to speak well in that situation. But he struck me as someone who just wanted to be President--whatever the voters wanted him to be. This story struck that chord, with someone who knew what the right thing was, but could not act on it because the base and voters would not reward him for that. So he chose the wrong way.
Obama, for all his flaws (and there are many) has always struck me as a genuinely compassionate person. But watching him last night I wondered how it felt differently for him than the last time. This time he knows full well the weight of the job, and had to return to it this morning. Like me, I suspect he felt relief.
Who knows what this four years will bring. I am glad that healthcare is protected for now, and pretty soon, we will see these provisions take place. Still stunning that Obama could be hated and vilified for wanting to make sure people could hold on to healthcare coverage. Something very wrong with that.
In other news, we saw the saw shocking erosion into the War on Drugs in Colorado and Washington state. I am unsure about those changes, but really wonder if part of this is just not a reflection that the war has not worked. My observations at the music festival a few weeks back confirms that. But in a much bigger deal, marriage equality (cue the trolls) passed by a popular vote in several states. As my friend Greg Horton noted on FB, that culture war is over. The only people who don't realize it are those vested in keeping the anger and hatred stoked at the Family Research Council and other like groups.
I believe that the Republican party leadership sees that, and understands that some of their major planks will only survive in states like mine. In the rest of the country, those stances will earn them a minority status. Part of me hopes they continue with the racist madness, but the other part of me hopes that an adult Grownup Republican party returns with a viable and responsible approach to policy.
This blogger stated my hopes for this four years.
We chose health insurance for those who cannot afford it. We chose a softer approach to those seeking a better life within our borders. We chose – at least I hope we did – to begin healing our suffering planet. We chose the candidate who promised to protect the people who didn’t have a seat at the table of power, whose voices struggle to rise above the lobbyists, special interests and money that have flooded our political system.For now, I will take solace in the fact that the most cynical campaign of my adult experience lost, and with that the billions spent by the Koch brothers and their ilk. The battle isn't over, but today feels better than that Wednesday 8 years ago. Lots to be grateful for today.
Almost as important as what we chose is what we rejected.
We rejected a singular focus on cutting help for the poor to boost the incomes of the wealthy.