Me in the NY Post this morning:
Expect the Democrats to stream into Washington and dive into the federal treasury like giddy caddies cannonballing into the swimming pool in Caddyshack. Obama and his allies appear to have their mandate.
Those of us who didn’t want this to happen now have two competing hopes:
* The conservative in me hopes that Obama sees the wisdom in governing as a centrist, if not a center-right, president.
Conservatives believe that we have the right solutions to the problems that face all Americans, and that it would be better for the country if Democrats adopted the right policies, even if it helped their party politically.
* The Republican in me hopes for something far different: that the party of Obama runs like the Barack Obama to be found in the man’s record, not his rhetoric – that is, as the most leftwing president in modern memory.
Democrats are itching to have their way after spending much of the last eight years doing little more than shoot spitballs at President Bush while the man fought two conventional wars, as well as a couple monster hurricanes and the much thornier War on Terror.
Well, now the Democratic Party is for all practical purposes America’s super-majority party. It has complete control of the presidency and Congress. It’s time to put away childish things and govern.
If Democrats govern from the center, good for the country. If they govern from their instincts, good for the Republicans.