Come January, Senator Obama will become President Obama. The election was another stunning example of the greatness of our nation. And I am not saying this because I feel Barack Obama is stunning. My feeling is that when the honeymoon is over, we will find him to be a mediocre president, only stunning us with his lack of experience. President-elect Obama is not the stunner, the election is the stunner. Even though 46% of this nation did not vote for the winner, the election went off without violence and rioting. Would things have been so quiet had Sen. Obama only receive 46% and also lost the election? That’s not my gut feel, but we will never know, so I’ll just say the peaceful election was a stunning testament to our nation and especially to the character of the 46% who did not see their candidate win.
As a party, the Democrats around the nation saw their representation grow or hold steady. But in spite of superior campaign strategy and a huge electoral victory for Barack Obama, our nation is still not overwhelmingly convinced of the Democratic Party message. Frankly, I would doubt that most people who voted Democrat even know their party platform or even that a platform exists. And before anyone calls me on it, I’ll admit that of most Republicans also. But my point is the same; the election didn’t represent a huge shift in the values of our nation. We are the same as we were on 11/3, just with different representation.
I just spent a week in New Mexico with people from all around the nation and a few from beyond. As discussions turned to politics, the room was split, just as it had been in years and elections past. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party didn’t cause some huge shift in the face of our nation. At best they caused a few percent shift. In fact now that I think of it; in what looks like a down economy, incredibly high fuel costs and an incumbent party to blame a war and a whole host of other ills on, the Democrats should have been able to pull out a double digit lead in the popular vote.
So a week after the election, we are the same people we were a week before the election. Nothing has changed, but our representation. And regardless of whether they represent one party or another, they represent you. Find out who they are and tell them how you feel.