And she, Ann Althouse, and Megan McArdle will have to deal with it for the rest of their lives. Those three women have all been an intellectual blessing to public discourse in this country, but they all
succombed to contributed to the same cult of personality two years ago, and we still do not know what the final price tag on that cult of personality is going to be.
They may all be smarter than I am: I’m pretty sure McArdle is. But they all blew it badly, and in retrospect I’m very glad that I drove my Cruiser to Las Vegas and phone-banked there, and worked door-to-door alongside GOP Nevadans and people from out of state and erstwhile Hillary supporters, and slept on D.C. Thornton‘s air mattress for a week, and tried to do everything in my power to keep Barack Obama from becoming President—even if it resulted in a sad night in a casino bar at a “party” where I ate quesedillas and downed a dirty martini and cried while watching McCain’s concession speech before going back to Thornton’s place one last time.
The next day Thornton and I agreed that we would never fall to the seductions of the lefty “he’s not my President” school of thought. That we would discipline ourselves to accept this man as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces and leader of the nation.
Then I drove back across the desert to my husband.
In fairness, we didn’t know on the morning after the election—at least, I did not know—just how bad it was going to be.
But I still have a job to do: hold this man accountable for his actions, and point out how they have weakened public morale in this country at a very delicate time.
Here you go, Mr. President:
UPDATE: Althouse responds here. My comment in her entry:
I’ll update the post, and I apologize for my phrasing. I do not, however, see any valid reason why, having decided not to vote for McCain, you would choose to vote for Obama.
You could have shown up at the polls, voted for your congressperson, Senator, etc., and left the Presidential spot blank.
The idea that any adult could have done worse than the man-child who currently occupies the White House is not credible to me.
UPDATE II: Althouse asked me, in her response post, to read this. There was plenty of it, so I skimmed a bit. It really came across, however, as if she 1) gave undue weight to one debate between McCain and Obama, 2) took the common “burn the witch” tack after Palin clammed her Katie Couric interview, and 3) could not get around the way McCain looks, and his age.
I was never a McCain fan. How could I be? How could I ever admire one of the men behind McCain-Feingold? But I thought he was less-bad than Obama. A lot less-bad, in ways that don’t have to do with smoothness in front of a podium, polish in interviews, or any of that superficial stuff.