Hey, liberals, chill out….The Republic will survive

My liberal friends have been hard to live with for years: calling George W. Bush things like “the chimp.”  We conservatives are a little more restrained and sane.  My father used to say, “The Republic will survive.”  And so it is with me and my friend William Kristol…

Barack Obama will probably win the 2008 presidential election. If he does, we conservatives will greet the news with our usual resolute stoicism or cheerful fatalism. Being conservative means never being too surprised by disappointment.

But what if John McCain pulls off an upset?

I’m worried about my compatriots on the left. Michael Powell reports in The New York Times that even the possibility of an Obama defeat has driven many liberals into in a state of high anxiety.

And then there’s a young woman from Denver who “told her boyfriend that their love life was on hold while she sweated out Mr. Obama’s performance in Colorado.” Well, what if Obama loses Colorado? Or the presidency?

As a compassionate conservative, I’m concerned about the well-being of that boyfriend – and of others who might be similarly situated. I feel an obligation to help.

So let me tell liberals why they should be cheerful if McCain happens to win.

1. It would be a victory for an underdog. Liberals are supposed to like underdogs. McCain is a lonely guy standing up against an unprecedentedly well-financed, superorganized, ExxonMobil-like Obama juggernaut. A McCain upset victory would be a classic liberal happy ending.

2. It would be a defeat for the establishment. Obama’s most recent high-profile Republican endorser was Washington insider Kenneth Duberstein. Liberals should be on the side of hard-working plumbers, not big-shot lobbyists – oops, sorry, big-shot strategic advisers and consultants. And Duberstein said that Colin Powell’s endorsement was “the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama.” Doesn’t that comment embody everything that liberals (and many conservatives, including me) find creepy about smug establishment back-scratching and gatekeeping in America?

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One Response to “Hey, liberals, chill out….The Republic will survive”

  1. Mike Says:


    When you first date someone, you tell them what they want to hear. After a few months, the real you comes out and a breakup ensues. Get ready America because that’s what will happen if Obama wins.

    History reveals that leaders viewed as Saviors always fall back down to earth and the people become disillusioned.


    I still think the race is closer than the polls say but …

    McCain may lose because of the old cliché “Republicans are out of touch with the economy.” In fairness, Democrats are supposedly clueless about foreign policy but the “war on terror” is not what’s in the news this election cycle. Elections are won on perception, not reality, and it looks like that may be the case tomorrow.


    First let me say that I don’t think Obama is an amazing speaker like Clinton or Reagan. In my opinion he lacks heart and his words sound scripted and empty. Judging by the crowds at his rallies however, I know many people disagree.

    Now with that said – let’s discuss McCain. He did a poor job communicating his ideas to America. He did not present a convincing message why he should be President. Contrast this with Gingrich’sContract with America over a decade ago in support of Congressional candidates. Whether
    you agreed with it or not, it was a very effective national strategy that worked in motivating the electorate to vote Republican.


    Joe voter is asking how McCain’s economic policies differ from Bush’s? The reality is that the economy will recover but McCain tried saying that and he was painted as out of touch.

    Whether Obama’s policies are good for the country doesn’t matter to Joe Voter because he is hurting and when people hurt they want “hope” and “change.”

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