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Friday, November 07, 2008

Conservatives Heart Obama?

Pre-election, the Republican split was over Sarah Palin. Post-election, it appears we are now going to split over whether or not the election of Obama was a "good thing". National Review editor Ramesh Ponnuru remarked that the election of an African-America to the American presidency was "thrilling". He isn't the only one at that rapidly declining magazine expressing similar over-the-top sentiments.

Meanwhile, outside of some who crave respectability (and perhaps shelter from the Fairness Doctrine), conservative talk radio is carrying on as if the content of Obama's political ideology is more important than the color of his skin. Imagine that?

Steven M. Warshawsky in The American Thinker sounds the alarm on this Obama-love coming from the Right, expressing what should be the prevailing sentiment in conservative precincts:
I must be a heartless wretch, for I confess that I cannot share in the hope and joy over Obama's election. And I am dismayed that any conservatives can.
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And now there are conservatives celebrating, even for a minute, Obama's election? Frankly, this sickens me. There is nothing about Obama's victory worth celebrating. Nothing. Our country didn't need to elect a leftist with black skin to prove we weren't "racist."
His conclusion:
Unless Republicans and conservatives are capable of rejecting -- openly and confidently and absolutely -- the notion that Obama's election was good for the country, I fail to see how we will be able to block his socialist agenda. We cannot concede that his election was a positive event, for any reason, or we will undermine our ability to argue that his politics are pernicious. After all, from "good" people and "good" events do not come "bad" things.
I fear that we're about to lose the war before a single shot has been fired.

Update: Peter Kirsanow, one the remaining conservatives at National Review, sounds a similar theme:
Republicans in the House and Senate who may be inclined, early on in the Obama administration, to sign onto some liberal policies in the interest of "bipartisanship" should pay close attention to the following from the Diana West column highlighted by Andy McCarthy:
As [Obama] now heads to the White House, it's crucial that he finally be regarded as a politician, not a messiah, and as a man, not a moral judgment. Otherwise, the cultural juggernaut he seems likely to unleash will be unstoppable.
If Republicans are not prepared — right now — to resist the liberal policies that will be proposed after January 20, they will get steamrolled. Waiting until January to get up to speed will be too late.

If Republicans haven't figured out from the election campaign that the powerful combination of Obama as a cultural phenomenon, a worshipful media, and a populace anxious about the economy will give liberals an almost unparalleled opportunity to enact an unalloyed liberal agenda, Republicans will be beaten before they even lace-up their boots.

As I've stated before, this doesn't mean Republicans should oppose merely for the sake of opposition. But they must be alert and prepared, they must be marshalling their arguments right now against the harmful policies that Democrats have made abundantly clear they plan to enact.

And we conservatives need to make sure Republicans don't go wobbly.

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