"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Into the Unknown, with Same

Fred Barnes has written of the election arguing against the "conventional wisdom in the political community and the media" that the 2008 election was the best ever.

Prior to the financial crisis and following McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Barnes notes:

"(Y)et when the crisis began, McCain was 2,3,4, or 5 points ahead of Obama, depending on the poll. Within weeks, he was 4,5,6, or 7 points behind."

"This is proof that politics is unfair. But politics, like life, has always been unfair. The point to consider is whether a presidential race so affected, even decided, by an outside event should be considered great. Answer: It shouldn't."
Whatever "outside event(s)" occurred that effected the campaign and thereby the election are now the past and an election and campaign are now over.

The "outside events" to follow and the reaction to them are the real test to come; the campaign is over and with it go the platitudes and rhetoric...well at least we can hope.

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