At exactly 11:00 p.m. Eastern, Barack Obama has been declared the president-elect of the United States. So we've won. Let the celebration begin!
But when the excitement of the moment subsides -- and of course it will -- there remains a question. What now? For the good of our nation, we've crossed the aisle. We've elected Obama. We've made our statement. But what do we do next? Well, here are my thoughts on how we can continue to pursue the good of our country and our party.
First, on the victory:
While celebration is warranted, this is no time for excessive boasting or gloating in the Obama win. To the extent that we are thrilled at this victory, in the same way millions of Americans are disappointed and even devastated at the thought of McCain's defeat. In fact, there are Republicans -- as hard as it is for us to comprehend -- who are truly terrified for the future of our nation. These voters are heartbroken, and the last thing they need right now is to have to endure the "I told you so"s or "How do you like us now"s or the "Take that"s of overly zealous Obama supporters.
So while we are excited for our candidate and our future, let us show a measure of respect to our fellow voters who felt just as strongly about their candidate as we did, but who are disappointed this evening. Obama has said that he hopes to unify our country, and if he stands a chance to do so, it begins now, and it begins with us.
Second, on the future:
This is only the beginning. We Republicans supporters of Obama have chosen to vote for that candidate in part because we believe that he is better suited for office, but also because we feel that it's time to stand up to our party. So while our campaign has been won, the journey is not complete. If we wish for this short term loss for the GOP to become a long-term win, we must remain active.
We must continue the discourse. We must continue the effort to effect change within our party. We must continue to insist that deficit spending is not acceptable. That war is not always the answer. That our politics must not revolve around one or two divisive social issues. That our party must reconsider its priorities. And we must begin to rebuild the party from the ground up, by supporting local Republican candidates who understand the need to redirect the party.
There are many ways to remain involved. This venue will likely transition into an organization dedicated to reclaiming the Republican party. TheNextRight has a similar objective. And in the nondigital world, it is not difficult to get involved on the ground with a city or county Republican Party headquarters and start vocalizing the need for party reform.
So thanks for all your support and participation over the course of this Presidential race. Congrats to Senator Obama, and congrats to all the voters who made his win possible. Now, let's get out there and take back our party! Here's hoping that by 2012, the Republican Party will be one that we're proud of once again.
Thanks so much guys!
Republicans For Obama