Congratulations to President-Elect Obama and his supporters. While I would have preferred someone along the lines of Michael Steele or J.C. Watts, the election of an African-American to the Presidency is historic. It reflects racial progress and is itself redemptive and healing.
"Change" is here, but its still unclear to me just what it will be. As I said on WMCS last night, if Obama doesn't disappoint his enthusiastic supporters on the left like Joel McNally (who was in studio), he's likely to be a one term President. Interestingly, Eric Von expects him to do just that.
As for the state of the GOP, it was a bad night but not nearly as bad as we feared it might be. The Senate and House pickups are at the low end of the expected range and Obama's margin of victory was less than or comparable to those of Clinton.
But a loss is a loss and this is two in a row. Although the media deserves some of the blame and McCain did not run a good fall campaign, it would be a mistake if we avoid the frank and difficult discussion of what conservatism means in 2008.
What do we need to change?
That's a conversation that begins today.