Regarding your poll results, I think Ceeceejaye’s analysis is pretty accurate.
This past election was the Perfect Storm – FOR the Democrats and AGAINST the Republicans.
An unpopular Presidency such as Bush’s was an unsurmountable obstacle for any Republican candidate – especially for an elderly, polarizing figure such as John McCain. Many Americans couldn’t “get behind” McCain or be excited about supporting him, even though he may have represented their political party and many of their political views.
Obama, on the other hand, had many advantages. First, he was a member of the Party that is NOT currently in power – always an advantage! No matter who is governing at the moment, the grass always looks greener on the other side.
Secondly, Obama’s youthful image resonated with many younger voters – a direct contrast to McCain’s 72 years. Also, Obama’s eloquence in prepared speeches, along with an attractive smile, was warming to many undecided voters, especially compared to McCain’s aged appearance and occasional gloomy demeanor.
Thirdly, the current American economy is in shambles – mostly due to years of poor legislation by both political Parties. The fact that Obama is relatively new to the Senate allowed him to appear as though he had not been involved in those poor decisions, and that he could be the new, fresh face to offer solutions.
Finally, Obama’s racial background was the deciding factor for many voters. CNN’s election night polls showed
that his race was a factor for nearly 65% of the voters, but that it was actually a positive influence. Meaning not only did his ethnicity not hurt him, but it actually helped him.
I believe that a candidate should be voted for solely based on their platform and stance on the issues at hand, no mater what their race happens to be. However, I can certainly appreciate the fact that some racial minorities supported Obama because they felt that they would have a stronger National voice and be more adequately supported on a National level.
Obama is an engaging and charismatic figure in modern politics. Perfect timing for the Democrats, especially in the wake of an administration that even most Republicans would consider a huge disappointment.
In conclusion, I do not believe that Conservatism in America is dead. It does, however, need to rebuild its image. It has been tarnished by 8 years of poor leadership and even poorer decisions. I believe it is up to the next, younger generation of fiscal and moral Conservatives to revive the simple, logical ideals of Conservatism.
They are not based on war, greed or global oppression. Instead, they are based on personal responsibility, traditional family values, and abundant generosity. Unfortunately, many of those values have been tarnished and set aside in the recent past. True conservatives also see large, ruling government as the problem – not the solution.
But, for the incoming Obama administration, I hope and pray that he governs well. That he makes wise, non-partisan decisions that stimulate our economy and global image, and increase individual American’s financial independence, and not a sense of dependency.
While I may not have supported him, I certainly hope that America is better off because of him.