Final thoughts on the election

| November 4, 2008

I have great faith in the robustness of our system of government and in the Constitution itself. While I would rather see McCain/Palin win, I’m not going to panic or otherwise go off the deep end if Obama/Biden wins. However, if there’s an Electoral College tie and Nancy Pelosi ends up in the White House, I may reconsider.

The best part if Obama wins: shutting up all those sanctimonious idiots over in Europe (and, frankly, throughout most of the rest of the world) who accuse the US of entrenched racism. Similarly, the downside of McCain winning is listening to all those sanctimonious idiots yammer for many years to come. In the meantime, wake me when you find a European (Russian, Asian, etc.) prime minister or president who is of African descent.

Beyond that, I’m a firm believer in the “syrup of Ipecac” theory of U.S. elected politics, viz., when a given party or administration goes too far off course, the people vomit and elect someone different. I think that’s what happened to the Democrats in 1968, to the Republicans in 1976, to the Democrats in 1980, to the Republicans in 1992, to the Democrats in 1994 and then in 2000, and to the Republicans in 2006. If Obama wins, and he and Congress really swing hard left, I believe we will see a repeat of the Clinton years, with a major Republican resurgence in 2010 and a close Presidential election in 2012. Hopefully the Republicans won’t nominate Bob Dole again (the John McCain of 1996 — really, go look at the similarities).

Regardless of who wins, I’m buying a “Palin in 2012” t-shirt this week. I would say that the media smear of Palin has been unprecedented, but it’s not that different to what they did to Reagan back in 1976. And even in 1980, I still thought that Reagan was too partisan and unqualified to be President (I wrote in Sam Nunn when I voted, since I also thought that Jimmy Carter was a disaster). I was wrong.  ..bruce w..

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Category: 2008 Election, 2010 Election, 2012 Election, Commentary, Main, US Politics

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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