I don’t know how to feel about the vote. I think my reaction is: meh.
Had I been more enthusiastic about McCain (or had I been a Republican), I might have a stronger reaction now. I think that says a pantload about how the GOP handled this whole election. Eh, but that’s a topic for a post when I actually care about the Republican Party. Right now, the GOP is irrelevant and will likely remain so for two more years at the very least.
One thing is certain, fiscal conservatives need to find a new party. The Republicans are no longer fiscal conservatives (which may play a large roll into why they lost). The Democrats and Greens and such never were fiscal conservatives.
And the Libertarian Party is too easily sidetracked by what I like to call frat boy favorites(or occasionally the Three P’s): porn, prostitution, and pot. Oh, I agree with them on those issues, mostly. But they let themselves get sidetracked by the frat boy favorites when facing opposition. When the opposition trivializes all of their ideas because of their seemingly high interest in the frat boy favorites, they loose ground. When I was a member of the LP, it pissed me off something fierce that fiscal ideals weren’t seriously discussed or considered by Libertarians or by Libertarian opposition simply because they were trivialized by how important the LP seemed to place the frat boy favorites.
Essentially, the LP needs to emphasize the fiscal conservatism part of their platform and not get sidetracked by the frat boy favorites. Hard to do with a hostile media, I know. I know. I don’t have an answer for it. No one does, see the GOP for proof of that.
In short, we need a political party of fiscal conservatives. Perhaps this’ll shake things up enough in the GOP so that they’ll get back to it.
Hello topic: I’ve been reading a lot of reactions today.
Over at AtlanticBlog William Sjostrom is sarcastic and adds a bit of historical relativity I thought was interesting.
At Atomic Nerds, Stingray puts the election in perspective despite having “a hangover like we elected a big-government socialist last night.”
Cranky-D looks to the futureand hopes Obama won’t be as radical as we think he will be.
Michael is hiding his guns and ammoover at Conservative Scalawag. I don’t know about hiding them, but buying while it’s still legal seems like a good idea.
The Geek with a .45 says that America can no longer be called racist. Well. That’s on the bright side, certainly. You now, it has just occurred to me that we are the only non-predominately black country in the world that has elected a black national leader (like a president or prime minister or something). I think. Am I missing somebody? I can’t think of anyone; there’s certainly not one in Europe. The more I think of it, I think we’re the only country in the world to elect a minority as a national leader. Can anyone think of one? I can’t.
The Geek with a .45 also has a roundup, of which Den Beste is a part.
Jason Pye has some random thoughts about it all. We have the same opinion about Elizabeth Dole. That whole “godless” thing grieves me mightily.
At Neanderpundit, Og points out the beautifully simple: Hillary Clinton will never be president. Sigh. I don’t have cockles, but I feel blissfully good about that.
At Protein Wisdom, JeffG points out that we are now outlaws and that Democrats are now the Establishment. That’s amazing. And it changes my entire self view. I mean, I’m now a minority fighting to keep the Establishment majority from running all over me. Sweet. And yeah, we have to vote with our beliefs now. No more of that compromising shit we’ve been doing. It’s time to clean house. Well, it’s time to lay the foundation for cleaning house.
Over at the Hostages, courtesy of Pajama Momma, it’s all about Todd Palin. Yeah, he’s gorgeous. Thanks PJ!