I stayed up until 2:30am this morning watching the election results. At this point, it looks like Bush has Ohio in the bag, but I know it’s probably still early to call based on what I knew at 6:30am this morning when I left for the airport. I’m writing this on the plane from Jacksonville to Charlotte, so I can’t see the news right now in any event.
I spent a goodly amount of time in an IRC chat room – and then this morning reading the blogosphere’s reaction to Bush’s reelection – here’s generally the things that I heard:
- “I am moving to Canada or [insert country here] if Bush wins”
- “We’re all gonna die in the next four years”
- “There’s clearly fraud in [insert state here] – Bush can’t possibly be the winner”
- “Four more wars! I can’t believe it”
- “My fellow citizens are idiots – the whole world wanted Kerry to win”
- “We’re far less free today than we were four years ago – the Brownshirts are coming”
- “I’m going to monster.com and start searching for foreign jobs”
And that’s just a sampling. There were some really horrible things being said about Bush. One individual from the IRC channel asked for my weblog (as I was the only Bush supporter in that channel) and proceeded to leave a comment about how half of what I said “made sense” and the other half “was rabid”.
Rabid. Yup, I’ve got rabies folks. How did you know?
In another forum that I participate in that has more of an international flavor in terms of membership, even worse things were said. “Re-electing Bush is like re-electing Hitler”, said one poster. Apparently he’s forgotten his history – or he just has a selective memory. Or both. And there were more allegations of voter fraud, Jeb Bush’s manipulation, and so on.
It’s going to be an interesting four years listening to the Democrats and those on the Left once this election wraps up. Bush is leading, as of this morning, with 3.5 million votes in the popular vote, and will lock up the electoral vote later this week depending on how long it takes for Ohio to shake out.
I wrote about “Respect” in a post earlier this week. If Bush wins, it’s time for the left to acknowledge defeat and start moving towards some modicum of respect for the President.
LIke it or not, he won. Get over it.