Four years ago when the election results were better for my side than were those this past week, I vowed that I wouldn’t gloat if Bush won the election, sensing, as I put in a blog post since disappeared when someone hijacked our blogspot account:
many of the president’s opponents would be genuinely pained. . . . I knew the period after the election would be a tough time for them. It didn’t seem right to do anything that would make them feel worse than they would already feel by the mere fact of his victory.
This year, I have made a different vow. And that is to let the Democrats savor their victory and not offer snide comments when I see them celebrating. Similarly, I would hope that they, understanding how upset some of us might feel about the elections, would not gloat, especially not in our presence.
That doesn’t seem to be the case. Well, not entirely. Some friends and acquaintances have been incredibly gracious, knowing to avoid politics. It seems even a few (but alas not all) of our critics have shown considerable restraint in the comments section.
Look, Obama ran a better campaign, had the right slogan for the year. And we took it on the chin. It’s not easy being the incumbent party during an economic downturn.
When I see the gloaters, many of whom said some of the most vicious things about George W. Bush, members of his Administration and his supporters these past eight years, I wonder if they’ll let up on their hatred now that their guy has won. Or, will they continue to spout bile against their political adversaries and blame Bush for our nation’s problems when their team will be responsible for addressing them?