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What Happens if Obama Looses?

I don’t know whether Obama will win or loose in two days.  I don’t think anyone really knows.  He’s got every chance of winning, but strange things happen in politics.  So we can’t be certain what’s going to happen.  We can only do our best to achieve the outcome many of us hope for.  But what happens if he does loose?

I know people who would be devasted.  I suspect millions of people would be.  I think most of them would be shocked.  I think many of them would mourn.  And I wonder whether their shock and grief would turn into anger?  I wonder about that because I think, if Obama looses, just about anything could happen in the aftermath.  I imagine it would be as dangerous a moment in American politics as any moment in our history.

It does not reassure me Bush and Cheney would be still be in power during that most difficult event.  Bush and Cheney are screw ups.  It’s not too hard to imagine them doing something that would dreadfully worsen the situation for everyone.  The Nation would need a peacemaker, but those two buffoons are not peacemakers but dividers.

Could McCain govern if he won?  I think up to half the Nation would feel in their hearts he did not deserve to lead them.  He would need to overcome that to govern, but could he?

Frankly, I don’t think he has the political skill to pull it off.

So, ironically, if Obama looses, the nation is likely to look to him for guidance on how to handle the loss.  Upon how he chose to handle the situation, all else would turn.

On the other hand, if McCain looses, I’m guessing that far fewer people will be actually devastated.  A few, of course, but most McCain supporters will pick themselves up and get on with their lives.  So, I don’t think a McCain loss will create a moment in American history nearly as dangerous as an Obama loss could create.

At least, those are my hunches.

8 thoughts on “What Happens if Obama Looses?”

  1. Well written post. I agree. To a point. I also fear for Obama if he wins. I do not need to say why, except to say that I hope has the very best secret service agents available to him.

    The United States has too many crazies for anyone to feel totally safe, because they all have guns.

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  2. I am actually of the complete opposite impression. I think that people will be incredibly disappointed that Obama’s historic candidacy was for naught, but they will be to suck up their outrage because we have already spent eight years under an even worse president who got into office under similar circumstances, so we’re used to getting screwed over like this. The status quo isn’t going to piss anyone too much.

    By contrast, Obama does represent change, on many different levels, even if some people think that the phrase was just a buzz word. What the Republicans will throw a temper tantrum over (relative youth, race, just being liberal), it will happen. They are not used to losing, they are afraid because their Rovian overlords needed them to be, and they will be pissed off that someone dares to take them out of their comfort zone (namely, bombing other countries so that they can feel secure).

    In short…I can see a riot coming no matter who wins this one. So, might I suggest that you invest in sturdy doors for your house this election season?

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  3. Hi FBW! Welcome to the blog! I worry about his safety too. I once read somewhere that popular presidents — rather than unpopular ones — at most at risk for attack.

    Hi Meleah! Just keep saying, “One more day. Only one more day” That’s what I’m doing.

    Hi AS! If worse comes to worse, I hope you’re right.

    Hi pboyfloyd! Welcome to the blog! Don’t look at me — I’ve been knocking on wood for three days straight now! 😀

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  4. Obama will bring Socialism. Our freedoms will be over. Just try to look up his past. The media and others are covering it up. Just try to look up his past. Its kinda scary. We will be 3rd world soon with the help of the Dem Congress.

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  5. It’ll be crushing if Obama loses, Paul. I think 8 years is a long time to put up with crap. I agree with you – if (I want to say “when”!!) McCain loses, the most his supporters will be is disappointed. And a bunch of these probably just support a single stand (babies / weapons / prop8…) rather than real future of America. But Obama losing is going to have repercussions….we’re going to have to deal with the wrath of Americans whose only hope will have been crushed. And I have a feeling they won’t stop short of rebelling…

    I’ve been having butterflies in my stomach since dawn. Won’t rest easy till the results are out….and I’m going to remain cynical till I actually hear he has won, no matter what it “looks like”.

    -g

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  6. Sometimes things don’t go at all,
    from bad to worse. Some years muscadel
    faces down frost; green thrives;the crops don’t fail,
    sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.

    A people sometimes will step back from war;
    elect an honest man; decide they care
    enough, that they can’t leave some stranger poor.
    Some men become what they were born for.

    Sometimes our best efforts do not go
    amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.
    The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
    that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.

    Sheena Pugh (b.1950)

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