The opinion writers are out in full force this morning. Some of them have good things to say, and some not so good. Here are a few I would like to highlight.
First, don’t miss Michael Gerson’s two columns this morning for the Washington Post: “Hail to the Chief” and “The Decency of George W. Bush.” The first duly notes Obama’s historic achievement and the latter takes on the conventional wisdom about President Bush. Both of these are must-reads.
Second, Albert Mohler’s reflections are always worth reading. He has sized-up things very well in his article “America Has Chosen a President.” Here’s an excerpt:
“For many of us, the end of the night brought disappointment. In this case, the disappointment is compounded by the sense that the issues that did not allow us to support Sen. Obama are matters of life and death — not just political issues of heated debate. Furthermore, the margin of victory and sense of a shift in the political landscape point to greater disappointments ahead. We all knew that so much was at stake. . .
“Given the scale of the Democratic victory, the political landscape will be completely reshaped.Â The fight for the dignity and sanctity of unborn human beings has been set back by a great loss, and by the election of a President who has announced his intention to sign the Freedom of Choice Act into law.Â The struggle to protect marriage against its destruction by redefinition is now complicated by the election of a President who has declared his aim to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.Â On issue after issue, we face a longer, harder, and more protracted struggle than ever before.
“Still, we must press on as advocates for the unborn, for the elderly, for the infirm, and for the vulnerable.Â We must redouble our efforts to defend marriage and the integrity of the family.Â We must be vigilant to protect religious liberty and the freedom of the pulpit.Â We face awesome battles ahead.
“At the same time, we must be honest and recognize that the political maps are being redrawn before our eyes.Â Will the Republican Party decide that conservative Christians are just too troublesome for the party and see the pro-life movement as a liability?Â There is the real danger that the Republicans, stung by this defeat, will adopt a libertarian approach to divisive moral issues and show conservative Christians the door.
“Others will declare these struggles over, arguing that the election of Sen. Obama means that Americans in general — and many younger Evangelicals in particular — are ready to “move on” to other issues.Â This is no time for surrender or the abandonment of our core principles.Â We face a much harder struggle ahead, but we have no right to abandon the struggle.”
Robert Novak’s column is also worth noting: “No mandate for Obama, no lopsided Congress.” He writes:
“The national election Tuesday was not only historic for the election of the first African-American president in the nation’s history but also for how little the avalanche of Democratic votes changed the political alignment in Congress. . . The Democrats fell several votes short of the 60-vote filibuster-proof Senate that they were seeking and also failed to get rid of a key Senate target: Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.”