First, congratulations to everyone who managed to ensure that an Obama-Biden victory. It was clear that it would happen from the outset. While I tried my best to convince you otherwise, the need for change was no where close to the need for women. In this, more than anything else, we are headed more quickly toward a women's world and our first woman as president of the United States.
It is truly incredible that so many voted against their interests in trying to get Romney-Ryan elected. Whatever else can be said, the ideas promulgated by the Republican Party were bad for getting elected, and too self-indulgent to get a majority of the votes despite so many open issues.
As the only other issue that affected the election, but one that is now couched in "national security," a false "war" on terrorism helped take Obama over the top. Few presidents get thrown out of office because of a war. They stay in office for another four years. And, consistent with this most universal concept, Obama is back.
Obama's character, his expansion of the imperial presidency, and the dangers these present to the United States, are obvious.
You can throw out some of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, but not enough this election or in 2014 to make a difference in terms of investigations and lawsuits. But eventually, we will either get to the bottom of Fast and Furious and Benghazi or cement the right of the president to do anything unless impeached.
And so far, even if impeached, Obama seems safe from conviction for the same reason as Bill Clinton. The US Senate is still in Democratic hands and is likely to stay there.
In 2008, in part because of the way he won the Democratic Nomination for president, I voted for John McCain. And in 2012, I voted for Romney because I believed in his integrity and vision.
In 2016, I may get my wish and see the first woman president of the United States, assuming I am still alive.
By then, one hopes, Chris Matthews and his misogynist commentary about Hillary Clinton's time of the month, together with the last vestiges of other men who claim to be neutral but cannot think of a woman being president, will be gone.
If Republicans think they can stand a chance at an election, they need to get a woman front and center who believes in women's rights, however those might be put together.
She, like Sarah Palin, will still face claims that her pedigree was due to a man, unless of course she had a career in business and business finally gets behind the Republicans in the ways they did in the past.
The faces of Republican women have to change, however. Republicans cannot have the crazy Ann Coulters, vicious Michelle Malkins, and at times sharp tongued and homophobic Laura Ingrams as the face of the female Republican Party.
The ideologies must also change. They must truly favor the libertarian views espoused by Gary Johnson in ways that make sense. Truly open government. A truly non-imperial president. And a world that remains US-focused in reasonable ways, including in connection with the expenditure of money.
Republicans have stood for Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove for so long, it is almost impossible for them to rid themselves of those mantels. Surely, many women refused to vote for Romney for that reason alone.
Although his gradual change over the past three years may be entirely superficial, Bill O'Reilly was the only voice of reason among Fox News analysts last night. He was marred by his venture with a woman who worked for him five or so years ago, but has largely come back from that episode. He certainly has made his show much more giving, including an almost acceptable treatment of Obama and his supporters in his daily show.
Will O'Reilly ever have political aspirations?
We will see.
Even if not, he could play an important role in shaping the next Republican contest, including the choice of the women from the Republican side.
Why not two, both presidential and vice-presidential candidates?
Will Hillary Clinton also run? The bet here is that she will, resigning within a year or so to begin preparation for her 2016 term.