Monday, May 18, 2009

Yes, Obama did win the election.

In winning a presidential election comes CHOICES, the honor of picking his cabinet, placing people in key governmental positions and placing persons on the Supreme Court.

Yes, that is what winning an election means. It means that the other side can kick themselves in the "you know what" but have to deal with the president's choices because, well, the other side did not win the election. And the Republicans did not even come CLOSE in 2008, in fact they lost more seats in the house and senate, in fact lost Senator Arlen Specter to the Democrats, in fact Governor Jon Huntsman (a moderate governor from Utah and a mormom) is now Obama's official envoy or Ambassador to China, in fact have been losing the perception game to President Obama.

Yes, folks elections have repercussions if you win or lose. If you win, you set the agenda. If you lose, you are in the weeds for a long time.

President Obama has not yet named his choice to succeed Justice David H. Souter, but several Republicans acknowledge that it is unlikely they will be able to derail the nomination absent some startling revelation about the candidate.

Those Republicans, including senior staff aides and some senators, suggested in interviews that they believed Mr. Obama’s first nominee for the court would be confirmed without great difficulty no matter how they framed the issues during the confirmation process.


A senior Republican Senate official not connected to Mr. Sessions said, “Everyone up here can see the political pieces on the board.” The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the situation candidly, added, “No one is talking about the possibility of defeating any nominee, barring something coming out of left field.”

The official said that not only did Democrats have command of the committee and a strong majority in the Senate, but that any nomination would also come at a time when the president’s public standing was high.

A second top Republican Senate aide, also not connected to Mr. Sessions, said, referring to Mr. Obama, “Elections have consequences; he won.”

Indeed, Mr. Obama did win.


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