That sweet music... what is it? It is the wailing of the FReepers: "...and he isn't even all black...I am not being racist, or if I am, I don't care anymore." ... "he will never be a 'President,' at least not mine. I will always despise him for the way he treated Hillary and then Palin..." ... "I am still a bit depressed over last nights results." How does a man, according to Fox exit polls, who favors infanticide, taxing everyone over $120,000, handing 1/3 of Jerusalem to the PLO, and destroying the American coal industry get 2/3s of the voters to say 'He shares my values?'" ... "Welcome to socialized everything and feminized culture. Welcome to the arrogant smuggness of those who 'care' more than you do. Welcome to ever increasing health and safety laws, anti-discrimination laws, eco-friendly laws and an overweaning government that intrudes without competence in every part of your lives." ... "... the stagnant cesspool of socialism and communism..." ... "President Obama is also a great friend to the homosexual community and will be a champion of their radical agenda." ... "What an awful way to wake up this morning." "I sit here not understanding how this great nation could have elected a European Socialist to the most powerful position on earth." They are screaming to escape, they want "...a new nation: the Free Capitalist Republic of America."
Of course, the FReepers would have lost even if they had won:
FReepers don't think Obama "managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans, who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president." They don't "admire and commend him for achieving" his victory.
From McCain there was sweeter music:
Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone and I thank the people of Arizona for it.
Tonight — tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Sen. Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.
That was the McCain that I use to respect, and maybe can again. If only his supporters were as gracious as him.
"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."
-- President-Elect Obama celebrated in Grant Park