Archive for Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Moving on

The voters have spoken, and it’s time to move on.

November 5, 2008

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The political campaigns of 2008 were among the most hotly contested and contentious races in recent memory.

Candidates in local, state and national races stirred voters and sent them to the polls in record numbers. Americans felt more passionate about their candidates than in many years.

Those passions drove many voters to the polls, but they also may be difficult for many voters to leave behind following the election. It may take some time for the nation to come back together, but come together we must.

Two good men represented the Republicans and Democrats in the presidential race. Only one could win. As a nation we should hope that the winner will waste no time reaching out to his opponent and others who have been on the opposite side of the campaign battleline. Campaigns are about trying to highlight differences and point out shortcomings. Governing in a democracy is about working together and finding solutions.

At the local level, a number of races for the Kansas Legislature also were hotly contested. The 2nd District congressional race prompted some heated exchanges. Two open seats on the Douglas County Commission drew considerable interest. That kind of competition between able, qualified candidates is what keeps our democracy strong.

Political campaigns shouldn't be personal, but that isn't always the case. After a tough election campaign, it's understandably difficult for some candidates, and their followers, to put personal issues aside. The presidential candidates spent two years or more of their lives on these campaigns, subjecting themselves and their families to unparalleled scrutiny. At the state and local level, candidates have appeared in forums, answered questions and campaigned door to door. Whether candidates are running for president or a local office, it takes courage to put their names on the ballot and commit themselves to public service. All of the candidates deserve our respect.

The election is over. It's time to get on with the job of governing. It's only human for those who lost the election and those who supported them to be disappointed, even a little bitter, but we must move forward. The voters of the world's strongest democracy have spoken, and members of both parties must put their differences aside and focus their energies on the many important and difficult issues facing the nation.

Comments

Darrell Lea 6 years, 4 months ago

"Pay_N_My_Way (Anonymous) says: It is a sad day. The dems keep the House (nancy pelosi), the Senate (Harry Reid), and take the White House (obama). Socialism here we come."Well, considering what abysmal failures the neo-conservative capitalists proved to be under eight years of GWB, maybe a little socialism is just what this country needs.Don't knock it 'til you try it, partner!

Kyle Reed 6 years, 4 months ago

"The real question now is- will Dolph and the LJW admit they were wrong once Obama is a great president?"How would Obama turning out to be a great president make them wrong? Him doing so does not mean that McCain wouldn't have been a great president as well.

BrianR 6 years, 4 months ago

"Socialism.""People will see him and the rest of the Democratic Party for what it really is.""...I think President Bush has done a fine job."Stupid hillbillies.

JHOK32 6 years, 4 months ago

It was one of the saddest days in American history when W. Bush took office. He is a spoiled rich kid who's daddy bought him the white house. Instead of serving his country during the Vietnam war, like McCain did, he was out partying and taking full advantage of his family's wealth & daddy's influence, yet he had no problem sending thousands of our best kids to their deaths to benefit his big oil buddies (Cheney included) all in the name of record big oil profits. The American people have now stood up & overwhelmingly kicked the Republicans out of power. The vast majority of Americans are sick of W and his billionaire buddies. We now have a new hope for the little guys, the "other" America which W completely ignored. To Mr. Bush: Thank God & Greyhound you're gone !!!

LiberalDude 6 years, 4 months ago

The real question now is- will Dolph and the LJW admit they were wrong once Obama is a great president?

1029 6 years, 4 months ago

Speaking of the comment: "In two short years the Republicans will retake the House and Senate in the mid -term elections"34 senate races will be held in 2010--15 of those seats are held by democrats and 19 by republicans. Once the results for '08 are complete, the democrats will have at least a 56-44 advantage (Lieberman as a Republican, Coleman wins MN, Chambliss wins GA). So for Republicans to regain the Senate in 2010, they will have to hold on to their 19 seats and take half of the Democrat's seats. So Republicans retake the Senate if they win at least 26 of the races and Democrats can not win more than 8. Plus, these democrats include Boxer, Dodd, Inouye, Bayh, Mikulski, Reid, Schumer, Dorgan, Wyden, and Leahy--who all won their 2006 races by over 20 percentage points. Only 1 democrat up for re-election in 2010 did not win their 2006 race by 12 percentage points or more and that was Salazar in CO.

1029 6 years, 4 months ago

correction to my 4:30 post: those up for re-election in 2010 were elected in 2004 obviously. (figured some right-wing wacko would call me out on that typo)

1029 6 years, 4 months ago

"In two short years the Republicans will retake the House and Senate in the mid -term elections" Exactly, because the GOP is not a state of severe disarray and voters are still fear-driven, don't have the internet or access to information, and believe that this is a white, christian country where the citizens are engaged in a never-ending battle with big government to keep their taxes low and their firearms at their bedside. Plus, nobody understands economics quite like the average isolated, rural republican."Liberal policies nearly always fail" Exactly, which is why women can't vote, why minorities aren't allowed to buy a house or take out loans, why we have to go to work on holidays and why we work 60-hour workweeks with no pay, etc, etc, etc, etcOh, change is so, so scary. I'm so scared.

rachaelisacancer 6 years, 4 months ago

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