The Most Important Thing
Kid Various really hopes that we don't see any kind of "Obama Derangement Syndrome" start to grip the conservative movement. Thankfully, almost every conservative outlet he's seen has been extraordinarily gracious. Unlike the howls of indignation that greeted "Chimpy McBushitler's" two victories.
Despite the temptation to emotional outburst, we can never do to President Obama what the Left did to President Bush. Acting out like a bunch of two year olds will never do anything except make those more immature of us feel momentarily better emotionally.
It seems to me that conservatives have a golden opportunity to offer criticism and advice in a manner that many liberals did not during the last eight years. By that I mean I hope there are no conservative versions of the Nicholson Baker Knopf-published ‘novel’ Checkpoint, the creepy documentary by Gerald Range, the attempt to name a sewer plant after an American President, or the celebrity outbursts that we have witnessed with the tired refrain of Hitler/Nazi Bush—that all have cheapened political discourse. When I hear a partisan insider like Paul Begala urging at the 11th hour that we now rally around lame-duck Bush in his last few days, I detect a sense of apprehension that no Democrats would wish conservatives to treat Obama as they did Bush for eight years.
In the future, criticism should be offered in unified pro-American tones, rather than anti-Obama screeds. When disagreements arise, they should be couched in a sense of regret rather than ebullition. There should be no conservative counterparts of Bill Maher, Michael Moore, or Al Franken.
It's up to us to show them what loyalty means.