November 4, 2008


"Let This Guy Govern" Again (William Tucker, 11.4.08, American Spectator)

Four years ago on the eve of the 2004 election, I wrote in a Spectator column, "Let's let this guy govern." In case John Kerry won, I said, conservatives should stand by the election without carping about skullduggery or fraud.

The Democrats had already introduced this poison into the system by spending four years disputing the results of 2000. My appeal was that Republicans not do the same. If the electorate chose Kerry, give him the chance to impose his agenda and let it play out without introducing unnecessary rancor into the system. All this was tempered, of course, by a fair degree of confidence that Kerry was probably going to lose. (Democrats did not return the favor and people such as Robert Kennedy, Jr. still argue that Kerry actually won in Ohio.)

Now on the eve of the 2008 Election I'd like to write the same column under different circumstances. There is a very strong possibility this time that John McCain is going to lose and Barack Obama will be the next President, bringing in the most extreme left-wing administration since 1932. In the shadow of this event, I'd like to propose a few rules for going into loyal opposition... that if John McCain wins, Democrats will only become even more deranged. The post-Florida pus can only be drained by Republicans accepting an Obama victory with equanimity and generosity. the most important thing to remember in this regard is that Mr. Obama has gone through life without leaving a single footprint--other than two daughters--he's no likely to suddenly become effective and significant. His would be a mere caretaker government while the GOP regroups under a conservative Southern or Western governor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2008 9:42 AM
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