Lurky McLurklurk (ionlylurkhere) wrote,
Lurky McLurklurk

I'm going to break my ban on posting about the US election now it's over


Such a relief when the radio woke me up this morning telling me he'd won a "convincing" victory. I think that is important, because for all he's not done significantly better in the popular vote, seeing those inroads of blue into areas that haven't gone Democrat for a long time is really going to help with the psychological side of taking things forward.

Between watching the West Wing over and over and having so many Americans on the flist and so on, I've never lost sight of the fact that America does have strong liberal currents in its political make up, but it's fantastic to see them actually winning, to the point where I'm actually annoyed it doesn't look like the Dems will have the 60 Senate votes needed to stop a filibuster.

And while I agree with all the people who are effectively pointing out that Obama is in fact just a politician and not Tinkerbell-Jesus-President(-Elect), "just a politician" is still going to be infinitely better than the last eight years of a scary-ass neocon/theocrat coalition riding roughshod over any concept of separation of powers, the rule of law, or basic human rights to pursue their warped agendas. I'm fairly confident that Obama is not going to ride roughshod over international law and, you know, the Constitution of his own country, and simply by doing that he's going to be an uncountably large improvement on Bush and his puppetmasters. And that's even before we get to the part where his policies are vaguely sane. But if the only achievement of an Obama presidency ends up being closing Gitmo and stopping extraordinary rendition, then that will be enough, frankly.

(And while he's not Tinkerbell-Jesus-President, he has got a mass movement behind him that has the potential to be a powerful force for change if it doesn't do the usual failtastic left-wing thing of falling into infighting about exactly which issue is the top priority.)

On other points: McCain seems to have done a good job with his concession, to the extent that I think his campaign's posturing over the last few months has not been where his instincts would have gone. And I'm disappointed that the gay marriage bans haven't all been resoundingly defeated as the hate-filled nonsense they are, and from the short-term POV it's disgusting to retcon people's existing marriages out of existence, but in the long-term view I'm confident this is a battle that's going to be won.

(My secret hope is for the right's flimsy coalition of social conservatives, laissez-faire capitalists and nutbar libertarians to completely implode in bitter recrimination at this point and go away for a while. My secret fear is that they can still all unite around hating the left for daring to be slightly progressive.)
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