Election 2016: Keith Ellison: ‘I would love to see Elizabeth Warren’ run
If you’re like me, you wake up every morning, get ready for your day, and among other things you have on your mind, you think about the prospect of an Obama presidency. You think about what the next four years could be like in terms of policy, in terms of the direction he – along with a Democratic majority, perhaps a supermajority in Congress – will take us if he’s elected.
And then you think about the wild fanaticism, a fanaticism that even some conservative/conservative-leaning and Republican thinkers have gotten caught up in. And it bothers you. A great deal. Will there even be a debate in this country anymore, with so many caught up in the celebrity that is Obama, including the unquestioning mainstream media? Would there even be a seat at the table for conservative ideas anymore under an Obama presidency/Democrat Congress? He’s talked often of a willingness to “reach across the aisle” but considering he’d have a strong party majority in both houses if elected, and as I’ve noted before, there won’t be much of a need to do so. You think about the lasting legacy of a potential Obama presidency, an impact that some conservative writers have suggested would be similar to FDR’s in terms of the difficulty the nation would have in terms of undoing some of what’s been done.
Add to that the concern over how often would questioning an Obama administration be twisted into a allegations of racism. We’ve seen it repeatedly throughout this campaign season, not just from the Obama himself and some of his prominent supporters, but from opinion writers, and some in the not-so-objective mainstream media. It’s almost as if Obama supporters both in the campaign, in the mainstream and opinion media, and in America, feel that behind every criticism of him there is an underlying subtext of racism (and let’s not forget Joe Biden’s comments last week about how undecideds were, essentially, fighting their inner racist in deciding whether or not to vote for Obama). How many Americans would fear questioning an Obama administration on that basis? How many independent groups would fear questioning him due to worries that there may be legal repercussions as we’ve seen demonstrated by the Obama campaign before?
Read Mark Levin this morning. He addresses all this and more in a post that a lot of us can identify with as it relates to feeling like over the last year and a half we’ve almost been living in an alternative universe as it relates to the fanaticism that surrounds Obama. Sometimes it feels surreal. Sometimes it feels like a nightmare, and one that may become a reality after next Tuesday. Levin points out that America can survive an Obama presidency but that “it will do so, in many respects, as a different place.”
Sobering, yet at the same time, mobilizing.
Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.