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The One Ascends; McCain Concedes
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Well, it’s official. Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States. Fox and NBC have called the race.

It’s a historic moment.


Here’s my promise to you: As long as I can still publish a blog and speak my mind openly about the next denizen of the White House, I will.

First order of business: He can now change the “0” to a “1.”

Second order of business: Will he bring the Greek columns out for Inauguration Day?

Commenter Valiant: “Third order of business: De-brand the GOP of McCain and the idea that we need a RINO because ‘he can win.’ Never again.”


11:26pm Eastern. McCain concedes: “I will not spend a moment regretting for a moment what might have been.” Mention of Sarah Palin gets the loudest applause.

11:43pm Eastern. A few general notes on tonight’s outcome:

*Obama’s popular vote total is a lot smaller than most polls showed.

*The Senate GOP massacre was not as bad as expected. Still waiting on Minnesota and Oregon and a few others.

*The ballot initiatives are a bellwether. Gay marriage and racial preferences are electoral losers. (Update: Nebraska civil rights initiative passes; too close to call in Colorado.)

*Pandering on amnesty did not help McCain. In California, McCain won a whopping 16 percent of the Latino vote. (Update: now 21 percent.) By comparison, Pete Wilson managed 23 percent of the Hispanic vote in 1994 (the same year the much-loathed Prop. 187 passed).

Democrats won the White House, but they do not have an unfettered mandate for left-wing policies across the board.

Republicans need to learn from their losses. First step: Don’t put the same old, same old capitulationists and re-branding pimps in leadership positions.

You know the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.


President Bush congratulates Obama: “Awesome.”

12:01am Eastern. Obama is giving his victory speech in front of more American flags than ever. Congratulates McCain and Palin.

Oh, man. He just thanked The Vice President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden, and The Nation’s Next First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Oh, man.

He thanks his daughters (who will get a new puppy) and his other family members.

Thanks David Plouffe and David Axelrod.

“The challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime.” Here we go: mortgages, college education, saving the planet. “Our climb will be steep.”

But don’t worry, Peggy, you’ll get your gas and bills paid!

12:11am Eastern. Obama addresses opponents: “I will be your president, too.” Then he turns to his real constitutency: Citizens of the World. “There’s a new dawn in America.”

Fidel Castro applauds.

Obama’s now leading a creepy, cult-ish “Yes, We Can” call and refrain.

Obama declares it the new national creed.


Last word to Bill Whittle, who puts things in proper perspective, as always.

(Republished from by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain