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Â - Cheer up one and all, because if there’s anything that Obama has proven, it’s that a black man (or half-black I should say)Â can become President and when that happens a lot ofÂ nonsense about “institutional racism” “legacy of slavery” and a lot of otherÂ P.C. terms now all wash away, along with, hopefully, any vestiges of white guilt bareing the alleged sins of our ancestors and immense benefits of being white that somehow seem to escape all those black lungÂ coal miners in Appalachia or cotton choppersÂ on the Plains. Finally we removed the Mark of Cain.
Obama can do himself a world of good by putting Hilary Clinton on the Supreme Court as soon as John Paul Stevens retires (which will be early next year)Â and finishing any hope of a Clinton restoration.Â For that we canÂ give Obama a great deal of credit for.
- Many see Obama as a radical given his background and while all that’s true he’s also shown himself to be a fairly convention politician (and very good one at that. How can his inaugaral address top what he said last night?). I remember all the apocalyptic rhetoric said about Clinton (it turns out the Bush II Administration was worse) so I don’t think it will be so much Obama the man himself, rather than Obama the symbol that will show how radical things will turn out.
- All that money and attention and Bob Barr’s vote totals were barely better than Harry Browne’s and still heÂ finished behind Ralph Nader.Â I don’t think it really matters now which faction controls the national LP at this point although I suspect most of Barr’s supporters will drift back to the GOP.
- When all the votes are counted I think it’s safe to say Baldwin will be the CP’s highest vote getter ever for President and he beat out the Greens Cynthia McKinney Not bad for only being on the ballot in 37 states and losing CP ballot lines in Montana and California. When I was writing my book on third parties, one of the persons I interviewed said that while a run for President doesn’t get many votes, it is a good way to introduce you party to a bigger audience and sign up more party members. But it’s not much more than that. Once again this election proves non-major parties need to concentrate on the state and local and perhaps an occasional congressional or Senate race if conditions warrant where the party’s candidate could make a difference. Ron Paul was right to run in the GOP primaries and there was much benefit to that run.
- B.J. Lawson got swept aside in the Obama tide in North Carolina but 37% vs. a 20-termÂ incumbentÂ isn’t badÂ for aÂ first timeÂ run for Congress. He has a chance to do better next time now that he’s got some name ID in the district. Bob Conley did well too with 42% despite notÂ having so much as dime to run against Lindsay Graham. If the Campaign for Liberty is going to amount to anything it’s got to help candidates like Conley instead being restricted by the whims on Ron Paul’s House seat. Although nearly all “Ron Paul Republicans” lost their Congressional races (main running in strongly Democratic districts) their the only organization the party has in urban areas of the country. Remember, the GOP allocates convention delegates by Congressional Districts. Anyone dominating these districts will have a say in who the party’s nominees are for president and in shaping the party as a whole.
- Â The Republicans were beaten badly (or at least McCain was)Â but this wasn’t a wipe out election. There will be no filibuster proof majority in the Senate and the GOP brand is still solid in the interior South and the Plains and upper Mountain West. They will recover which is why this article about the CP picking up the pieces for a shattered Republican PartyÂ in the ultra-leftist Mother Jones magazine I don’t think will come to fruition.
- On the secession front- Obama’s Presidency could be a boon for the League of the South and the Alaska Independence Party. It will be interesting to see how the more leftist Second Vermont Republic fares in an Obama Administration. On the white nationalist front, once again I tell you to find a forgottenÂ spot in the Plains, the upper mountain West or the interior South and make a community there, because it’s the only way you survive and succeed.
- The Palin paradox – Her presence on the GOPÂ ticket probably saved the nation from a Obama tidal wave (and certainly helped Alaska’s corrupt Congressional Delegation) but unless she magically transformed herself back into a paleo, she’ll never carry the nation. Identity politics may work on your people but in more diverse places its simply a no-go. You need a broader message than “I’m one of you.”
- Had independents and RepublicansÂ been able to vote in the Democratic primaries of Ohio and Pennsylvania, Obama probably could have won both states and would have wrapped up the nomination much earlier than he did. He certainly did well in both states last night. The McCainiacs were fooled by the primary.
So much for voter outrage against the financialÂ bailout. If anything itÂ proves we are a two-party nation its the fact that when both parties collude on matters such handing billions of dollars to Wall Street fat cats, it’s hard to draw outrage unless there’s a serious, MAR kind of non-major party candidate like Ross Perot (Jesse Ventura?) to draw in that anger like 1992. Had McCain came out against t the bailout, just think how the situation would have changed…
And one last thought, one unlike the aforementioned we can all agree on: Thank God it’s over with.