In the Aftermath of the Election (2)
The election allowed us to "throw the bastards out," although Paul Krugman's characterization of the BushCo crowd - purveyors of, among other things, torture and lies and economic hardship - is surely more apt. Like Krugman, I see no need to make nice with the Republican machine that has foisted disaster after disaster on a country all to willing to acquiesce. (And while Krugman sees the election as a victory for tolerance, this will come as a surprise to gay and lesbian citizens in Arkansas, Arizona, California and Florida.)
Has the election given us more? As is usual, Rebecca Solnit seems to capture my apprehensions pretty well in her reflections on the Obama victory: "I thought we were entering an era where we would do without heroes, but we have been given a hero, which is a bit like being given a chainsaw or a credit card: you have to be careful how you use it." My fear is that many of the people who voted for Obama actually anticipate big things from him. I fear that they actually expect that he will make good on the hope and change and the 'yes we can' slogans that were festooned across his campaign. And when he doesn't, the hope will dissipate and be replaced the despair and disappointment.