On the day after, we’re as split emotionally as we are politically.
Democrats celebrate President Obama’s historic reelection. America has now twice elected a black man to the highest office. His win validates his policies: the stimulus, auto bailout and financial reform. Health care reform will survive. He will fill Supreme Court vacancies. He will preside over America’s inevitable economic comeback.
North Carolina Republicans celebrate their rise to total power. They now can shape the state’s future. They can set about the transition, which James Carville once defined as a Latin word meaning “the time when you stop screwing your enemies and start screwing your friends.”
North Carolina Democrats face a tough climb out of a deep hole. But there is hope. They lost the governor’s race simply because Governor-elect Pat McCrory faced little competition. The legislative and congressional districts were rigged against them. North Carolina proved that it’s a real presidential battleground state. Democrats on the Council of State overcame McCrory’s tide. North Carolina is becoming more urban, younger, darker and more socially tolerant – all trends that favor Democrats.
It is a time to remember Larry O’Brien’s dictum: “In politics, there are no final victories and no final defeats.”