So here's a little bit on the election: It's a good round up of debate-reaction over on Andrew Sullivan. The last blog post quoted by Sullivan is the most chilling. In it, a conservative notes that the silver lining of a loss this year would be that the Democrats will "own this mess." (Here's a link to the full post over on Beliefnet.)
My husband said something similar to me the other day but just on the other side. That is, he noted that if McCain won it wouldn't be the end of the world because these next four years are going to be so awful.
I responded that if McCain won the psychological/emotional toll on Democrats would be crushing, as would, I believe this country's international standing.
Plus, now that I think about it, it'll take a lot more than four years to rebuild the conservative movement. Let's face it, it's going to take more than four years for the conservatives to figure out how to get back into the driver's seat, and even then, could any fiscal conservative with a straight face really say that markets work best when left alone? If McCain's campaign has done anything, it has dragged the intellectual conservatives, those (ironically) who are for fiscal constraint and free markets, out of their extended liaison with social conservatives. The people who who are voting for McCain because of Palin are not the same as those who would have voted for him in spite of her. For years we've been reading about the power these strange bedfellows have generated. Now, that power is gone, crushed by so many sub-prime mortgages. Because whether your pro-choice or pro-creation, you still want your 401K to have some money in it when you retire.