While tidying my apartment last night, I chanced upon this night I had scribbled last year during my cross-country drive:
The Obama I fear most as a Republican is the one I, as an American most want to see.
I believe I was recalling some of the stirring speeches the Democrat offered early in his bid for the White House.
Had the president turned out to be the unifier he claimed to be, that new kind of politician, his boosters billed him to be, instead of focusing on such items on the liberal wish-list as greater state involvement in heath care, he would have spent 2009 and 2010 focusing on the economy, not just by promoting big-government schemes, but by listening to Republicans and incorporating their pro-growth ideas into his policy proposals.
He, like Bill Clinton in 1995 and 1996, would have veered to the center, helped unite the country and delayed, if not destroyed, anay chance for a conservative revival. My party would have been the weaker, but our nation would have been the stronger.