While the world continues to celebrate our President Elect the Country is preparing for a change of power. Transitions are always complicated and difficult, though with the trials this Country is currently enduring, I would say this transition will be even more so. In a way, I almost feel badly for Barack Obama, campaigning and governing are two very different things. He is going to face quite a bit of pressure from within his own party to do their bidding. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi already think they own the place and will try to get Obama to implement their agenda, but Obama is going to have to walk a fine line in both keeping his promises and not going too far left. The democrats overtook the Senate in 2006 because they ran conservative Democratic candidates and this was also the case this year. That was a very smart strategy, but make no mistake, if Obama uses his Presidency to govern too far to the left, the Democratic party will be punished for it. Here are some stories from the transition:
Clinton Leftovers- Picking Rahm Emanuel as White House Chief Of Staff, who Paul Begala calls "a cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache" was not the olive branch Republicans were looking for. Leading the transition team is John Podesta from the Clinton administration, yes that guy is still around, from My Way News:
Barack Obama is signaling a shift in tactics and temperament as he moves from candidate to president-elect, picking sharp-elbowed Washington insiders for top posts. His choice Thursday for White House chief of staff - Rahm Emanuel, a fiery partisan who doesn't mind breaking glass and hurting feelings - is a significant departure from the soft-spoken, low-key aides that "No-Drama Obama" surrounded himself with during his campaign. And transition chief John Podesta, like Emanuel, is a former top aide to Bill Clinton and a tough partisan infighter, though less bombastic than the new chief of staff.
I have to say the beginnings of Obama's new team is looking less like "Change" and more like "Clinton hacks part deux."
Joe Biden May Be Right About That Whole "World Will Test Obama In First Six Months"- Not even the first six months Joe, how about two days after he's picked? From The Daily Mail:
Barack Obama was confronting a looming international crisis just hours after his White House election triumph. The U.S. President-elect faced a triple threat with Russia, Israel and Afghanistan all threatening to test his mettle.
You should check out the entire piece, its a good read and I have to say the best election coverage has come from the British papers. They have been tough but fair, the journalists on our side could learn a thing or two. Especially you, Chris Mathews, who said on Morning Joe, "It's my job to make an Obama Presidency work." What?! I thought your job was to be objective and cover an Obama administration fairly, well at least you're a blatantly partisan joke so I guess its ok.
Obamamania Still Going Strong- There is some positive news for Obama out there, the world is still hyperventilating over his election. Our friends in Antigua want to name their highest peak "Mount Obama." Well, its kind of a step down from Mount Olympus where he's from, but I guess it will do.
Also for you Obama supporters who still want to help Obama with his "Change" there is a website just for you! Its a government website for the Obama transition team, never mind the fact they inappropriately use a .gov website when they have no status as a government agency until January 20th, its all a part of the change. You can enter your personal information which they can keep on file so they can hit you up for money when its time for his re-election. Isn't that just appropriate? You can read the story at Hot Air, or go right on over to Change.gov to see this not at all tasteless website for yourself.
Final Thoughts- So, three days after the election, most of us are left to watch our Country move and shift without representation in our Government. It's an interesting feeling to be completely out of control, watching liberals now have to scramble into leadership roles. There really is a type of peace in this election, all we can do now is watch and report what we see, no longer burdened with having to hold the water for corrupted Washington Republicans.
While I know many are still disappointed and disheartened to see the incoming liberal brigade, but I find there is an element of theater and entertainment to this whole process. My advise to conservatives who are worried, and believe me I have my moments, is to start putting money away slowly and creatively and get your "house" in order. Only you can take care of you, if you take the right steps you can get through these next four years. Sales of guns have risen dramatically, while I don't exactly get the reasoning for that, its always a good idea to keep your home safe, your fridge stocked and your money well invested.
These are volatile times but if you take the time to secure yourself and your family you will alleviate much of your worry. As for the safety of the Country, which according to my emails is the top concern of many of you, the only thing you can do is say a prayer that our next President will be given the wisdom to do the right thing. So with that, have a terrific Friday and I will be back tomorrow with my Saturday Highlights!