On Facebook and other places, I saw Conservatives making plans for a move to Canada,* others warning us of the "real" Obama that we will now see and many more wanting to buy guns before they are illegal, warning us of the anti-Christ, God's impending judgment on our nation, the anointing (not election) of Obama, our slippage in communism and complaints about stolen elections, voter fraud and recounts.** To all of this I respond, "And I thought the Left was full of unpatriotic, Anti-American sentiment." I guess they can make room at the "hate America" bash for a bunch of Conservatives that don't like democracy unless it favors their guys.
None of those guys admitted that a good ground game wins. Instead of knocking on doors, making phone calls, driving people to polls and putting in the work to win an election (like Bush did in 2004), they sat around and complained about media bias and stupid Americans (a few of them stood on street corners with signs while the Obama volunteers were "getting out the vote"). And then they blame someone else for the outcome.
However, in the midst of it, there was some graciousness from unexpected quarters, including the National Review. One of my came from Jonah Goldberg:
Look, I expect to be one of the most severe critics of the Obama administration and the Democrats generally in the years ahead (though I sincerely hope I won't find that necessary). But Obama ran a brilliant race and he should be congratulated for it. Moreover, during the debate over the financial crisis, Obama said that a president should be able to do more than one thing at a time. Well, I think we members of the loyal opposition should be able to make distinctions simultaneously. It is a wonderful thing to have the first African-American president. It is a wonderful thing that in a country where feelings are so intense that power can be transferred so peacefully. Let us hope that the Obama his most dedicated — and most sensible! — fans see turns out to be the real Obama. Let us hope that Obama succeeds and becomes a great president, for all the right reasons.
*if they like socialized medicine and decreased military spending, they should have voted for Obama and not move to Canada. I think Columbia is a better place for them to move.
** this argument only works when you have documentation and the election is close.