As I sit here watching the amazing scene taking place in Grant Park, Chicago, I can’t help but feel moved. This is a historic day for America, whatever your political views.
I’m one of the many Conservatives who voted for Barack Obama, partially because we believe the current Republican party did not deserve to be in power, and partially because we believed he was the better choice for our country at this moment. If, in four years, it is clear that I made the wrong choice, I’ll be the first to admit it – just as I have for supporting George Bush in 2004.
I don’t have any illusions that the Obama presidency will be a panacea, but I think he deserves a chance. If his management of his campaign is any indication of his management and leadership abilities, I think we’ll do just fine. And for those on the right who believe they’re witnessing the end of our great country, take heart. No President can destroy this nation in four years – If George W. Bush couldn’t do it, nobody can.
I also hope that the Republican party will truly take stock and use this time to rebuild and not push itself further down the path of irrelevancy. This country needs a strong alternative to the Left, and I’m hoping that the Conservative (with a CAPITAL C) movement will regroup with some new ideas. But, I’ll tell you this right now – If support for Sarah Palin is the litmus test for if you’re truly a Republican, as some have suggested, I’m out.
Congratulations America – This is a big night.