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The Initial Aftershocks

RHSimard Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 2:11 AM
I'd like to share this optimism, but there's not really a hoot of difference between Obama's grand oratory now and the same in 2008, when he spoke of "not blue or red states, but the United States" and lots of other noises about unifying everyone and working together. We know how well that went down here where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Any reason for confidence that it will be any different this time?
Nobody likes to lose. But defeats can prove advantageous if used as a learning tool. Newt Gingrich lost his first two congressional campaigns, but won his third. Twenty years after his first defeat, he changed the nation with the Contract With America.

Those who may be disheartened and dismayed over Tuesday's election results might want to consider this: Our nation is strong and resilient, and the results must be used as an opportunity to learn rather than an opportunity to lay blame.

President Obama won. A sitting president always has an advantage, but with a listing economy, high...