November 3, 2004
I've been so interested in what's happened in the elections, that I forgot I have a blog that's supposed to deal with politics and such. Silly me. Well, as everyone knows, Bush won. Iowa and NM still aren't claimed (on CNN), but Bush has the lead in both states, especially NM (where I don't think it's all that close: 51%:48%). If he wins those, he should go down with 286 electoral votes, as opposed to Kerry's 252. Unlike 2000, this is a much clearer win. Also, thanks to Kerry's gentlemanliness, we won't have a nightmarish legal battle either. Edwards jumped up very early this morning in Boston screaming about how they'd fight for every last vote, etc. Kerry, on the other hand, talked with his advisors and realized it would be nearly impossible to win and then graciously conceded the race.Besides being the right thing to do, I think it also saves his career. Al Gore pretty much destroyed his career in his big fight in 2000, and Kerry will be remembered as a hard fighter but good loser. On the other side of the aisle, I hope Bush will seriously take this next four years as a mandate to do what needs to be done. The last year has been so political that the "right thing" has usually taken a lower priority. He needs to handle the Iraq war with more seriousness and send more troops if that would help. I think it would also be right for him to admit that he made some mistakes but is honestly doing everything possible. Next to Iraq and terrorism, I'd like to see him be influenced a bit less by big business. That's broad, I know, but is meant to be a gentle suggestion. I hope he truly tries to unite the country, but I fear the unity will only last until the next judge appointment. But we can hope!
Posted by charr at 5:49 PM
I hope he takes his commitment to compromise and uniting seriously this time. He did promise it the first time, but that didn't quite happen. I also hope to see a change in his advisors. Tax simplification would be nice, too, but good luck to him on that. :)
I'm listening to him on a press conference right now. I've missed part of it, but he restated his commitment to tax reform and I think uniting. I realize he professed compassionate conservatism and unity his first term and has created probably the most polarized US in history, but hopefully, now that he isn't fighting for a second term, he can get to doing what's right.Consequently, there are rumors that Ashcroft is resigning.