Obama’s victory; Obama’s challenge

Political analysts have been talking about Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election. They’ve talked about such things as the role of the Religious Right, and the shift of the Black and Hispanic votes from the 2000 and 2004 elections. But I think the analysts may be missing a key point. The voting behavior and the outcome of this election seem different than recent elections.

I was pro-McCain, but even I have to admit, Obama walked away with this election. He didn’t get “voted in” by any bloc; he personally WON the election by a decisive margin; Popular and Electoral Vote.

If Obama can eliminate previously predictable demographic behavior from the election process, can he remove it from the actual populace once he takes office? Our nation seems to have evolved from what was once an actual Democracy, to a country governed by special-interest legislation. Can Obama remove these denominators? This issue seems as important, if not more so, than any other facing our country.

I don’t want to know what Catholic voters think about abortion or same-sex marriage. I want to know what PEOPLE think. Every time I hear about what some special interest group (e.g., Women Voters) wants – people who I’d previously thought of as my neighbors or co-workers, I feel more alienated. We, as citizens of the US are possibly as alientated from each other as we are from the French or Pakistanese. I hope Mr. Landslide Victor can mend this.

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