So Glenn published a letter the other day that began like this.
I consider myself a libertarian/conservative. Like many people of that bent, I was uncomfortable with Bush when he was nominated. But Al Gore's increasingly-erratic behavior during the 2000 election made me hope Bush won.
Once Bush won, and it became clear that the Florida democrats were trying to steal the election, I became something of a Bush loyalist. Throughout his first term, I took note of all the really horrible things that were said about him, saw that a large portion of the left would rather see Bush fail than see America succeed, and was alarmed by the complicity (and often, participation) of the MSM and mainstream Hollywood. It wasn't far into his second term that I succumbed to Bush Fatigue, due to his inability to make the case for his foreign policy to the American people, and his inability to find the veto pen. He has truly been a terrible steward of the Republican brand, and because of this, the Conservative and libertarian causes are suffering.
So far, I couldn't agree more. I might have written every word myself, verbatim. After that, however, the author and I part company.
I'm no fan of McCain , but as I dislike Obama (and love Palin), I'll be pulling the lever for McCain in November.
This is surely small of me, but if Obama wins, I plan on giving him as much of a chance as the Democrats gave George Bush. I will gleefully forward every paranoid anti-Obama rumor that I see, along with YouTube footage of his verbal missteps. I will laugh and email heinous anti-Obama photoshop jobs, and maybe even learn photoshop myself to create some. I'll buy anti-Obama books, and maybe even a "Not My President" t-shirt. I'm sure that the mainstream bookstores won't carry them, but I'll be on the lookout for anti-Obama calendars and stuff like that. I will not wish America harm, and if the country is hurt (economically, militarily, or diplomatically) I will truly mourn. But i will also take some solace that it occurred under Obama's watch, and will find every reason to blame him personally and fan the flames.
Obama's thuggish behavior thus far in this election cycle - squashing free speech, declaring any criticism of his policies to be "racist" (a word that happily carries little weight with sensible people these days), associating with the likes of Ayers, Wright, and ACORN - suggests that I won't have to scrape for reasons to really viscerally dislike Obama and his administration. And even if he wins, his campaign's "get out the vote fraud" activities are enough to provide people like me with a large degree of "plausible deniability" as to whether he is actually legitimately the president.
I've seen a President that I am generally-inclined to like get crapped on for eight years, and I've seen McCain and Palin (honorable people both, despite policy differences I may have with them) get crapped on through this election season. If the Democrats think that a President Obama is going to get some sort of honeymoon from the folks who didn't vote for him, as a wise man once said: heh.
The author doesn't speak for me. I'm more inclined to agree with with this guy. If Obama wins, I'm going to give him a fair chance until he has demonstrated he deserves otherwise. This blog is not going to become a daily, anti-Obama harangue for the duration of his presidency, as I'm afraid some other right-leaning blogs may. If Obama wins, he will be my president, and I want him to succeed, not to fail.
I think there is a good chance that Obama will make a fine president. The paucity of his record makes it difficult for me to substantiate that claim, and that's one reason I'll be voting for McCain next month, but I do see some hopeful signs from the guy. All of this is subject to change, of course, if he really starts pissing me off. But I at least owe it to him to wait until he does so before I go bad on him.
But at the same time? I do understand where the author of that letter is coming from. And while it's not the path I'm choosing for myself, I can't really say I blame him either. And at times, in my pettier moments, I'm sure I'll probably derive occasional satisfaction from watching the tables get turned by guys like him. It's much easier (not to mention more fun) to sit back and piss and moan and bitch than it is to lead.
I suppose that's where we still are as a nation. No matter who wins this next election, we'll be entering our third consecutive presidency with a deeply divided populace, in which one side demonizes the other with irrational hatred. And that's something that Obama, try as he might, is not going to change. Oh well.