Ann Althouse has up a must-read post today on admitting depression about how the elections turned out – and she addresses it from a non-partisan perspective:
What is it, exactly?
It’s the failure of Americans to support the war. It’s the folding and crumpling because things didn’t go well enough and the way we conspicuously displayed that to our enemies. They’re going to use that information.
For how long?
What I’m concerned about is national security and, consequently, the way the election was fought and is being interpreted. I’m upset because I think we have sent a terrible message to our enemies: Just hang on long enough and continue to inflict some damage, and the Americans will lose heart and give up. You barely need anything at all. You might not be able to hijack a plane with a box cutter anymore, but you can take back a country — a country we conquered with overwhelming military power — merely by mercilessly and endlessly setting off small bombs in your own town day after day.
How much harder it becomes ever to fight and win a war again. Only pacifists and isolationists should feel good about the way this election was won.
ST reader Gahrie is on a similar wavelength.
It is indeed depressing, but we need to do our best to make lemonade out of lemons (as we say here in the South). I think the far left, many of whom will be in positions of power (like Pelosi, Rangel, Reid, and Conyers), are eventually going to overplay their hands and it won’t take long before the American people start to see what kind of fruitcakes they elected to serve. Hopefully along with that will come a backlash that will force back the more liberal wing, while allowing the moderates on their side and conservatives on our side the opportunity to put forth more sensible proposals this country can get behind. This would give Republicans the opportunity to win back the trust of the American people at the same time the Democratic party’s more liberal wing self-destructs.