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A Good Sign for a Smooth Transition

Most of those on the right are showing appropriate respect to President-Elect Obama. President Bush's congratulations was lovely and McCain's concession speech was incredibly gracious and generous. Fox News showed a report with Josh Bolton saying the Bush administration has been in touch with both campaigns for several months and that the White House has already approved around 100 names for security clearance so that the Obama team can hit the ground running and the first security briefing will be done this week.

Compare that to the nightmare the Bush administration faced when the Clinton administration would not allow any transition activity to occur until after the recount was completed. One report I saw also reminded me about the poorly planned Clinton transition in 1992 which resulted in many personnel problems and a very rocky start. Agree with his policies or not, President Bush consistently puts this country's interests first and it appears he is doing that yet again by bending over backward to make sure the transition is smooth. That is good for the country -- for Democrats and Republicans.

I am really proud of most of those on the right in their response to the election, too. Even many of those who opposed Obama the most vehemently appear to be genuinely interested in seeing him succeed for the good of the country. I don't see any who show a desire to treat President Obama as those on the left treated President Bush for the past eight years. That says a lot for conservatives. I fully expected more on the right to want to reciprocate in kind. It is possible to disagree, even vigorously, without wishing for assassination as some did of President Bush and VP Cheney, and without calling the President a chimp, or Hitler. It is possible to point out serious problems with the policies and judgment of a political opponent without descending into wild-eyed moonbat mode as some on the left did when they questioned the "maternity" of Sarah Palin's child Trig and when some even said the child would have been better off aborted. I hope that by getting their preferred candidate elected that vicious, disgusting behavior will end.

Hopefully those on the left will follow the lead of President Bush who is extending a warm reception to the president-elect and his family. It appears the Obama administration will not be greeted with "O"-less keyboards when they enter the West Wing.

Update: Glad I specified "most" of those on the right. Some already want to impeach Obama? Puh-leeze. The man is not even President yet and he may actually have learned from Clinton that you can't go to the extreme left right off the bat. Rahm Emanuel is not a good indication of bipartisanship, but Obama still has plenty of opportunities to reach across the aisle and I sincerely hope he will.


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While we definitely shouldn... (Below threshold)
Tx_HCG:

While we definitely shouldn't go the route of the lefties in the past, I still find it sickening how the spokespeople and elected officials on the right are falling all over themselves about how "historic" this moment is, blah, blah blah and seeming to be completely willing to forget how it happened - with lies, law-breaking/twisting, fraud, and the complete media blackout on not only these, but investigation into Obama himself.

It seems like none of this will be looked into and therefore not corrected. If we let all this go there will never be a fair election again. We need voter ID laws, none of this same day or even same month registration, and checks for people voting in multiple states. What about the questionable donations - we need ways to make sure the foreign donations and excesses don't happen again.

I am very worried about where the country is headed. Remember the singing kids, the Obama teen chants, his idea about a civilian security force, attacks on anyone who disagrees/criticizes ("Fairness Doctrine" anyone?) and on and on. Very reminiscent of the Nazis in Germany people!

The first thing I heard when I turned the radio on this morning is that a baby born on election day was named Obama. The worshipful hoards are very troubling.

Those demanding impeachment... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Those demanding impeachment for the socialist bastard will be disappointed: no impeachment will ever pass a Senate with 34 Jackasses in it.

Myself, my wish is much simpler: May he compile a 100% record of failure, spend his term in a state of permanent panic as everything he believes is proven wrong and every policy he attempts explodes in his face, and leave office in four years a completely broken man.

With props to President Kan... (Below threshold)
Thatguy:

With props to President Kang.
"I look forward to an orderly transition of power, which will eliminate the need for a violent bloodbath."
Treehouse of Horror VII, 1996

Right is a funny word. The... (Below threshold)
Larry:

Right is a funny word. There are several permutations.

Conservatives mostly act as if they are right, while Liberals mostly act as if they are righteous. It would seem that many more Liberals act righteous than conservatives acting out with that sort of mind set.

There are self imposed constraints on a person who believes they are right. No such boundaries exist for those who are righteous.

LarryI think your ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Larry

I think your observations may be a bit overstated in both regards so I will take this opportunity to do the same.

Being "right" as you claim conservatives mostly are can frequently result in an attitude of arrogance which we know is an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner. Therefore, I disagree with your comment about "boundaries" as an arrogant person requently ignores them. Exhibit A = the Republican controlled Congress circa 2000-2006.

I'm still thinking I'll cal... (Below threshold)
Tim:

I'm still thinking I'll call Obama a cheat and a thief and a chimp. If we suffer a terrorist attack I'll stand with him until it's politically expedient to claim it was his fault. Then, and only then will I call for impeachment hearings on a daily basis.

Yea, guess I am not as "big... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Yea, guess I am not as "big" as those other "conservatives", who are probably just trying to get or keep jobs with media outlets or the new government. It is too bad that they dont realize that, as Marx said, when we hang the last capitalist, the fool will sell us the rope. I am just completely amazed that he can even get a security clearance, having the friends and associates he does.

The problem is, the media w... (Below threshold)

The problem is, the media will conflate our being civil with being unified.

To combat that notion, I am going to send President Obama a postcard every week with my conservative conserns. I encourage you to do the same. Imagine what would happen if he received a hundred thousand postcards a day from the "fly-over" states, each detailing specific policies, ideals, and values. No ruckus, just constant contact with our C-in-C.

If anyone thinks t... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


If anyone thinks that the Dems will abandon their previous format in light of Obama's victory, then that poor, tired old bridge is up for sale once again.
The radical fringe is in control now, and the fun's JUST beginning. Until and unless they're purged from that party,the Dems won't return to what was a viable, sane party.

Mark my words.

JFONicely put. I ... (Below threshold)
Larry:

JFO

Nicely put. I will respond in kind.

Without question, there are conservative fruitcakes out there. There is at least one post on this thread that is an indication of that malady. And I would suspect that you will acknowledge that during this election cycle, wizband has been hit by its share of fruitcakes posting from the Liberal POV.

I was addressing my overall viewpoint from many years of observing not just the blogsphere, but also the conduct of politicians in their public persona and private actions. Followers take their cue from leaders.

Observe:

1. Clinton's transition to Bush was eat up with a lack of cooperation. Lorie has posted something on this subject. This is a true event from history.

2. Reid and Pelosi posturing during the bailout negotiations.

Those are just two examples. And yes, during the reign of Tom DeLay, I can also point out any number of conservative "righteous" acts. We can both point to outrageous acts and over the top statements by those who confuse "Right" with "Righteous" from both fringes of the political equation.

I used the word "Mostly" with intent.

The basis of my observation was the level of emotional attachment that those who believe in government as a solution make to the "Cause." One litmus test I have is the level of participation in and popularity of, the more egregious blogs such as dailykos.

Frankly, if you are a defender of dailykos, you fall on the "Righteous" side of things. If not, then you are someone who believes that winning at all cost may not be the "Right" thing to do.

After I did my post, I was trolling around to see what was going on with the "Righteous" right. I note that Rush Limbaugh is calling on conservatives to be more "Righteous." He didn't use that word, but that is what he meant. Rush thinks that appeasement needs to go out the window for conservatives. He may be "Right" or he may be "Righteous."

What say you?

I by far do not think Obama... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I by far do not think Obama is the right person for the job. I am hoping for the best for the country but expecting the worse. Obama is already lining out his administration with Clinton people which is not change. Having said that, all conservatives have to know that this is a historic election. No doubt whatsoever.

From someone who actually lived through Malcolm X, King, Riots, Hosings and such, this is in fact historical. On civil rights issues, most of the victimization beliefs are out the window. ww

Hey, I didn't make the rule... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Hey, I didn't make the rules, I just play the game.

As I have been saying, a la... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

As I have been saying, a large part of the electorate are bread and butter voters. When the economy is the issue they vote for whoever they believe will do a better job fixing the economy regardless of party or ideology. The only thing that modifies that decision is that they won't throw their vote away supporting a third party candidate who has zero chance of being elected.

While I and many other's oppose Obama on many issues, improving the economy is not one of them. The problem is that I don't agree with the idea that the government can tax it's way to a strong economy. Regardless of how it's done it must be done or bread and butter voters will throw the bums out of office the first change they get.

The biggest mistake Obama and company could make is to try and weasel their way out of keeping their copious economic promises. They are already making noise to that effect claiming the economy has bigger problems than they thought. Sorry, but to be a valid excuse they needed to proclaim it loud and clear BEFORE the election. The other tactic democrats are depending on is what I call the "it's all Bush's fault" kool-aid. It's potent stuff and a little goes a long way in blinding voters to the truth. However, with democrats soon to be fully in charge of the government the potency of the "it's all Bush's fault" kool-aid is quickly fading. In about nine months all they'll have to blind voters is Pelosi's spit (a direct hit would probable kill a person).

Well, I remember mentioning... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Well, I remember mentioning before that recent history is about to repeat itself in the worst possible way. It began yesterday, in fact. Obama appointed Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, who "choreographed" the dem House takeover in 2006. You know what expertise he is most noted for? Fundraising. I can't wait to see the "generated crisis" that Biden warned everyone of that will test Obama's "mettle".

I am really proud of mos... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I am really proud of most of those on the right in their response to the election, too. Even many of those who opposed Obama the most vehemently appear to be genuinely interested in seeing him succeed for the good of the country. I don't see any who show a desire to treat President Obama as those on the left treated President Bush for the past eight years. That says a lot for conservatives.

Let's see what we can say about conservatives. Right here in this thread we have: "lies, law-breaking/twisting, fraud, and the complete media blackout on not only these, but investigation into Obama himself", "socialist bastard", "may he compile a 100% record of failure", "I'm still thinking I'll call Obama a cheat and a thief and a chimp", calling Obama a Marxist, and putting him at the "radical fringe".

Oh, and perhaps you missed the candidates' speeches election night, where McCain praise Obama and generated boos from the right, vs. when Obama praised McCain and generated cheers from the left.

You did try to give yourself an out with that "most" qualifier, but even just using comments on this thread as a sample, you're still very wrong.

Brian, those words are exac... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Brian, those words are exactly what you idiots have been calling George Bush for 8 years. You don't like it, that's too bad. Boo hoo hoo. Like I said, I din't make the new rules, I just follow them.

I wish I could share Lorie'... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

I wish I could share Lorie's "hope" for "change", but I don't see it happening.

A moonbat will always be a moonbat. Should there be another Republican administration, which seems unlikely in the short term, do we really expect the Bush=Hitler crowd to say, "Hey, they treated Obama with respect, we should do the same for their guy/gal!"

No.

I see a HUGE problem for the GOP with the way things turned out here... We have witnessed the triumph of fluff over substance. Many people voted against even their own beliefs so they could say they were part of making this "historic event" happen.

Catholics voting for the most pro-abortion (and failed-abortion slaughter) candidate ever said to themselves "Meh, a black guy with a smooth speaking style trumps the belief of the church." The number of people actually concerned about national security were dwarfed by the number of people who gave Obama a pass on the Ayers association.

Add in all the other nefarious associations that didn't matter to the majority of this country... It's the death knell for the traditional GOP.

In my admittedlty small circle of acquaintances, several told me they were voting for Obama for "change"... When I reached for further expaination, they said it's time for a black man in the Oval Office... THAT is the "change" I believe most of these Obamatons voted for. A few were voting "against Bush", which really doesn't make sense, but shows the unhinged and unrelenting hate they spew.

I know of NO ONE who voted for Obama for his policies, whatever they may be.

The thing I am most despondent about is that the reason many of us were excited about Sarah Palin was that we could relate to her. We genuinely share many of her beliefs re: abortion, gun rights, etc. The sad fact is those beliefs now make me (us) a minority to those who would vote a ticket of unspecified "hope" and "change".

I don't believe I will ever see another Reagan in my lifetime... Those policies just don't bring in the votes any longer.

I wish I were mistaken.

Prove me wrong.

Oh, and perhaps yo... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
Oh, and perhaps you missed the candidates' speeches election night, where McCain praise Obama and generated boos from the right, vs. when Obama praised McCain and generated cheers from the left.

That's because many on the right know what Obama is.
The left is willing to... overlook a few things.

Those policies can still br... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Those policies can still bring in the votes, I think -- IF they're coupled with a winning ATTITUDE.

Reagan fought to win in 1980, and did. Then he spent a lot of the next eight years consistently retreating from that position, and just as consistently losing to the liberals in Congress.

Conservatives fought to win in 1994, and did. Then they started fighting not-to-lose right away -- and as result, started losing right away. The budget showdowns with the Slug, the impeachment disaster, the 2000 election ... over and over, the same story. When conservatism fights to win, it wins. When it doesn't, it loses. Because the socialist bastards always fight to win, and when one side is fighting to win and the other isn't ... guess who usually wins?

Would be nice if a few Repu... (Below threshold)
jbw:

Would be nice if a few Republicans would act like they give a damn they lost! I hear talk about the "historic" election once more I may throw up. Obama is wrong on nearly ever issue and he needs to be opposed and defeated. You can break your hand patting yourself on the back for being a good loser, but a good loser is still a loser.

Obama is the worst president of all time, corrupt and incompetent. Say it now and say it often.

Lorie's much more sweet and... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

Lorie's much more sweet and gracious than I am. I only appear civil outwardly. I'm eagerly awaiting fumbles of magnificent proportions so that I can laugh manically in private and ask in public, "Now, who did you vote for? How's that working for ya?"

I'm waiting for the tax inc... (Below threshold)
Tim:

I'm waiting for the tax increase. Then I'm going to ask the office libs to cut me a check and help out. Spread the wealth, so to speak.

Why wait, Tammy? It's alre... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Why wait, Tammy? It's already starting. Scientists were among the Sainted Socialist's strongest supporters, because Palin is strongly religious and a creationist -- although, contrary to reports, she does NOT want it taught in schools. Today, rumor has it that Robert Kennedy will be chosen for either Head of the EPA or even Secretary of the Interior -- two heavily-involved-with-science posts. One tiny wee problem: Kennedy is a pseudoscientist as bad as any creationist: he believes the swill about how vaccines cause autism.

Some already want to imp... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Some already want to impeach Obama? Puh-leeze. The man is not even President yet and he may actually have learned from Clinton that you can't go to the extreme left right off the bat.

Quick question: If Obama does go to the left (which, judging from your commenters, any move to the left would be considered the extreme left), would you call for his impeachment then?

Or are you just planning on giving him 90 days before blaming him for not having fixed everything?

I'm really curious how conservatives are going to play this one out, seeing as (again, judging from the comments above) none of you seem to have learned a damn thing from Tuesday.

"Oh, and perhaps you mis... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

"Oh, and perhaps you missed the candidates' speeches election night, where McCain praise Obama and generated boos from the right, vs. when Obama praised McCain and generated cheers from the left."

Go watch the speech again. My recollection is that they booed when McCain talked about calling Obama. They were booing that McCain had conceded. That happens in just about every concession speech I have ever heard on either side of the aisle. Supporters rarely want their candidate to give up, even when the writing is on the wall. Obama didn't give a concession speech so there was no need to boo. It would be pretty stupid to boo your candidate when he was talking about his opponent giving up and admitting he had won.

As for radical, Marxist, etc. What the heck are we supposed to call someone who wants to redistribute wealth and was a member of the New Party and who associated himself with the extreme left equivalent of Timothy McVeigh? Or is plotting to bomb a military dance targeting not only our troops, but their wives and girlfriends not something you consider radical? I don't think we should call names like bastard or chimp, but I am not aware that anyone on the right has come anywhere close to the things those on the left said about Trig Palin. If anyone on the right with a prominent blog with the readership and reputation of Andrew Sullivan's at the Atlantic or that of some of the Huffington Post bloggers said anything like that I will condemn it, but I have not heard anyone on the right saying Joe Biden's kids should have been aborted.

Re pointing out the media bias...there is no doubt the media was completely in the tank for Obama. Just ask Hillary. Or look at any of the independent studies of the coverage. Or look at Chris Matthews' self described new found job as a journalist to do everything possible to help this presidency succeed. His prior job was to hold the Republican president accountable and do everything in his party to destroy the Bush presidency. Pointing that out is just to point to facts.

Again, where is the joy from the lefty commenters here? I am feeling pretty good today. I am hopeful that Obama will feel it necessary to move to the right of his votes in the Senate in order to have any hope of being re-elected four years from now and I am getting excited about the possibilities that will exist now that conservatives are plotting to get rid of the big spending, earmarking status quo Republicans and start putting forward the new exciting faces of the party like Jindal, Steele, Sanford, etc.

You don't like it, that'... (Below threshold)
Brian:

You don't like it, that's too bad. Boo hoo hoo.

I didn't express an opinion. I just pointed out how your actions disprove Lorie's assertion. And your followup adds more disproof. Keep it coming.

Like I said, I din't make the new rules, I just follow them.

So your excuse is that the right are mindless automata with no independent thought and an innate drive of submission to authority? I think many on here would disagree with you.

That's because many on t... (Below threshold)
Brian:

That's because many on the right know what Obama is.
The left is willing to... overlook a few things.

Fine. Be as hateful as you want. Just let Lorie know not to crow about how respectful the right is being.

Go watch the speech agai... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Go watch the speech again. My recollection is that they booed when McCain talked about calling Obama. They were booing that McCain had conceded.

YOU watch it again. I'll make it easy for you. Your claim is that they were booing McCain?! That's ridiculous. They cheered him often. And the boos came immediately at the mention of Obama's name. First at the beginning when he does concede. Then later we have this:

And to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Sen. Obama and my old friend Sen. Joe Biden should have the honor (Booooooooo!) of leading us for the next four years.

That happens in just about every concession speech I have ever heard on either side of the aisle.

Hmm, didn't happen for the last two. Nor when Hillary conceded. Looks like it only comes from the right.

Lorie may also want to take... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Lorie may also want to take a look at Jay's post before posting more about how she doesn't see any on the right treating Obama with disrespect.

It isn't "fruity" or "moonb... (Below threshold)
TX_HCG:

It isn't "fruity" or "moonbatty" to hope that investigations and changes to the system be made so that it is fair and every vote counts, counts once, and that those voting are eligible to do so.

My concern is that the "historic-ness" and overweaning desire to be decent will mean that the law breaking and holes in the system will remain unchallenged.

I will treat Obama with the... (Below threshold)
Jo:

I will treat Obama with the same respect the left treated President Bush with.




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