ELIZANDRO: A Grand Ole kick in the rear

John Elizandro

Baring some unforeseen turn of fate, Barack Obama seems poised to become the next president of the United States.

As the outcome of the presidential contest becomes more certain with each passing day, more attention has begun to fall on the various congressional races occurring across the country.

I hope the Republicans in Congress lose huge. I hope they get mauled so badly on election night that they won’t even be able to recognize themselves the next morning. Not because I disagree with the principles of the Republican Party, and certainly not because I’m a fan of Obama, Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic cabal currently controlling Congress. On the contrary, I’m a passionate believer in the ideals of limited government and individual responsibility officially championed by the Republican Party.

But as a dramatic Obama victory approaches, I fear that the only hope of a conservative comeback in following elections is an equally dramatic electoral massacre on the coming first Tuesday of November.

Sounds a little counterintuitive, right?

Anyone who has bothered to watch even a minute of election coverage can recount the obvious pro-Obama slant of the news media. Reporters going through dumpsters in Alaska looking for dirt on Sarah Palin have neglected to ask even the most basic questions about Obama’s associations with former terrorist Bill Ayers, corrupt real estate developer Tony Rezko and radical terrorist-sympathizer Rashid Khalidi. This same news media will be covering Obama’s presidency, and if past behavior is any indication, we can look forward to the same fawning media coverage.

If this is the case, the headlines will not be hard to imagine. “Obama health care reforms blocked by stubborn Republican minority” or “Republicans stymie efforts to reduce poverty.” The media’s storyline for the next four years will credit Obama with every improvement and blame every setback on Republican obstructionism. e

The only way to avoid this is to leave a Republican contingent in both houses, but one that is small enough to be practically blameless for the events of the next four years. The only ones left to take responsibility for the decline sure to come from Obama’s agenda will be Obama himself and his Democratic allies.

It’s been 30 years since America has lived under a truly liberal president, and many Americans, especially the wealthy, don’t seem to quite comprehend the implications of Obama’s economic policies. “Spreading the wealth” has a pretty nice ring to it, until it arrives in the form of a tax bill for thousands of additional dollars.

If I were to guess, I would say Obama’s support among the “elites” on both coasts of the nation will start falling fairly quickly after it begins to harm their checkbooks.

The other benefit to a wide Republican defeat would be that it would give Republicans in Congress a needed kick in the rear. The supposed party of limited government has presided over one of the largest spending increases in history.

The benefits of incumbency have made many senators and representatives a little bit too comfortable in their Capitol Hill offices, more eager to pursue their own reelections than the ideals on which they were originally elected. A purging will allow a fresh new generation of conservative leaders to emerge, untainted by the stain of the Bush years.

To older readers, this story might sound somewhat familiar. A fresh, clean and untested face of the Democratic Party is swept into the White House after years of discontent under Republican rule.

The candidate promises change and hope and enacts a liberal domestic and international agenda that leaves the country in tatters. The election of Jimmy Carter in 1976 was also heralded as the triumph of liberalism but succeeded only in laying the groundwork for 30 years of the age of Reagan.


John Elizandro is a freshman from Radnor, Pa. He can be reached at [email protected].