(Sydney NSW) November 6, 2008. The race for the Presidency is over but now the race to be the first to tell the world "what it all means"- begins!
Who will be the first pundit to compare the lame duck period to the feelings one gets after a drinking binge? Will pundits call it the "Bush Hangover Syndrome"-? Will they compare President Obama to a glass of Alka-Seltzer?
Is it subtle symbolism to note that Sydney Australia has absolutely beautiful clear sky warm sun weather today and that Spring is in the air and everyone seems ebullient?
It would be priceless to hear Bill O'Reilly today. He will (I'm betting) tell the world what the Democrats have done wrong and why the fools that voted for Obama were misguided and deluded. The Right is always correct and that is why they are called "the Right."- In their view, the Democrats have seized power at the most inappropriate time ever and will precipitate a catastrophe (as if several haven't happened on Bush's watch).
Aussies love a good laugh and are connoisseurs of irony and so if Dennis Miller could find a station in Australia to carry his program, the "Bush was a great President"- routine he does would be an enormous success. Miller may be entering the greatest phase of his stand-up comic career and he should probably bring it down under and delight the folks who relish such dry understated humour.
The pundits are not quite so forgiving. In a column about TV viewing, which ran in the Sydney Morning Herald on October 31, a writer dropped this bit of Bush bashing: "Next week George Bush's contemptible stewardship of the US enters its terminal phase."- Just imagine how that would read if the fellow were a sceptical political commentator.
What does it all mean?
The audacity of the folks who dare to answer that question this quickly is commendable. They are the type of people who would invade a country and have no game plan ready to implement because they know that they will have the answers instantaneously, when needed.
Millard Fillmore said: "It is a national disgrace that our Presidents, after having occupied the highest position in the country, should be cast adrift, and, perhaps, be compelled to keep a corner grocery for subsistence." Perhaps one should be put in jail as war criminal?
Now, the disk jockey will play Katy Perry's "Hot "-n' Cold"- and we will head out into the warm Spring sunshine. Have a "new beginning"- type week.