Can a leopard change its spots? As blogfriend Gayle Miller of And you thought YOU were cranky says in the comments of our previous post, "The presidency has often been a transformative experience — we can only pray most humbly that this is true in the case of the man who will take office on 1/20/09." Or if you're a cat, like Tiny above, you can stare at things we don't see.
"The Clintons really won't be going back to the White House," The Boston Globe's in-house, voice-in-the-wilderness conservative Jeff Jacoby reminds us, trying to cheer up even a "red voter in the bluest of states" like ourselves with a list of soothing post-election "reasons for some solace":
We haven't seen the last of Sarah Palin, who demonstrated star power as she withstood with aplomb and good humor a vicious assault from the left. [Our "everything happens for a reason" impulse tells us John McCain was put on this earth to launch the Alaska Governor into the political stratosphere.]
Government financing of political campaigns, always a dreadful idea, is dead [Who's sorry now?] …
A turn in the wilderness will do Republicans good [That's what happens when you let the intellectual restlessness of your early years give way to decadent complacency] …
Ah. We feel better already. "But the most lustrous silver lining of all is the racial one," concludes Jacoby:
As a politician and policymaker, Obama distresses me; his extreme liberalism is not what the nation needs. But as a symbol — a son of Africa elected to lead a majority-white nation that once enslaved Africans and treated their descendants with great cruelty — Obama's rise makes me proud of my country. The anthem of the Civil Rights Movement was "We Shall Overcome." Impossible as it might have seemed scant decades ago, we have.
Lovely thoughts, but is a symbol enough? Will President Barack Obama leave the Marx-lite philosophy and thuggish Chicago-style political tactics of his youth behind and rise to the challenge when he solemnly swears "I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States so help me God" on Inauguration Day? We guess it depends upon what your definition of "to the best of my ability" is.