'Tis the season of Schadenfreude. It's a happy time, these days after the general election of 2008. The right-wing babblers on talk radio and the Free Republic ranters are more entertaining than ever as they cry in their beer and foretell the collapse of the United States and all of western civilization. Here's a hint, guys: western civilization has been in decline all during the Bush administration. We voted for a Democratic president and congress in hopes there might still be time to salvage it. You may have noticed that most of western civilization is pleased with the outcome, including a large majority of the American public.
The conservative pundits and political theorists are having some trouble piecing their new narrative together. After years of defending Bush, they've discovered he wasn't really a conservative (and neither was McCain), so the Republicans' thumping defeat last week was not a repudiation of conservatism. Right. The American public actually wants Obama to back off all of his campaign promises and govern from right of center. Right.
This was the note sounded by an unsigned editorial in the November 14, 2008, edition of the Sacramento Union:
What the election was not was a rejection of conservatism.In addition to trying to salvage conservatism's reputation from the wreckage of the election, the Union's editorial writer searched for and found a white lining to the election's dark cloud:
To be sure, voters rejected the last eight years of Republican rule. But the Republicans in charge long ago surrendered the mantle of conservatism, if they ever possessed it.
Barack Obama's election last week was a testament to the best funded and orchestrated campaign in history. And, happily, it may have permanently put behind us the false and defamatory notion that America is a land of opportunity only for whites. Obama's ascendancy means forced retirement for the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and other race-card professionals.Hallelujah, my pale brothers, let us celebrate the end of opportunistic black racism, which has so long blighted our land! Free at last!
As I said, the Union's editorial was unsigned. I'm guessing, though, that Union columnist William E. Saracino did not have a hand in it. The editorial appears on p. 13 of the print edition. Turn back to p. 10 and you have Bill holding forth on “Politics 101: Lessons from the General Election.” Lesson number four declares:
4: America is still a racist country.Way to close ranks, guys! The extreme right wing remains resolute and unified, the naïve walking hand in hand with those who call them naïve.
The naïve among you might think that electing a black President will silence the guilt-ridden liberals' whine about America still suffering the residue of slavery and Jim Crow. That will never happen. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright and scores of other race-hustlers make big money off white guilt and black resentment. Facts will not get in the way of their racist gravy train.
Somebody pass the popcorn, please.