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Now that election is over, I’ve had time to reflect on what this will mean for our country.  I think the transition of Barack Obama to president of the United States will go smoothly. Some posters are still fighting the old wars but for the most part the forum wants to move on.

The left seems to be happy and united. I have not seen any indications of Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid thinking they have a mandate.  Remember in the year 2000 the George Bush administration said “we have a mandate.” In 2004 immediately after the election George Bush said “I have capital, and I intend to use it.” He went around the country for six months trying to convince people that privatization of Social Security was a way to go.  He got his hat handed to him because his own party disagreed with his ideas.  I do realize it's still early.

The far right is still fighting the good fight insisting that their brand of conservatism is the only way to go.  John McCain and Karl Rove and other right wing pundits said Obama was running as a left wing liberal during the campaign but now that he has won they say it was because he ran on a center right campaign.  That arrogance will continue to be their doom.

The USA Today published an impressive after election results edition.  This was an inside baseball article detailing all the counties in United States showing an up tick for the Democrats, in just about every county from 2004.  If the Republican Party really wants to regain its former self, they need to stand up to its base.  That 28% base will never win the national elections.  The Independents voted with the Democrats because they did not like all the negative campaigning and are not that interested in the social issues.  The overreach of the base cost the Republican Party two Supreme Court judges and some governors.  Texas is close to having a majority in a house.  Why is this so important?  The new judges will not be conservative ideologues for the future and a friendly governor along with a house majority goes a long way in realigning the gerrymandered districts of the south.  The south is the only strong hold the Republican Party has today.

During Barack Obama‘s first press conference yesterday he was surrounded by 17 high caliber centrist advisers.  This is an indication of how he will govern.

Is this country center left or right? I think we just want results and those are the arguments of the past.

I copied this list from an AP article on what the Obama team might look like...I highlighted my choice...What do you think?


Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., critic of Iraq war, retiring from Senate.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., member of Senate Armed Services Committee.


Timothy Geithner, president of Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

Lawrence Summers, former treasury secretary and one-time Harvard University president.


Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., former U.N. ambassador and energy secretary.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., 2004 presidential nominee.

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., former chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., critic of Iraq war, retiring from Senate.

Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


Eric Holder, former deputy attorney general.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Rep. Artur Davis, D-Ala., member of House Judiciary Committee.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former assistant U.S. attorney for civil rights.


Former Rep. Philip Sharp, D-Ind., president of Resources for the Future think tank.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.


Lisa P. Jackson, commissioner of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Mary Nichols, head of California Air Resources Board.

Kathleeen McGinty, former secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.

Howard Dean, chairman of Democratic National Committee, physician, former Vermont governor.

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.


Jane Garvey, former head of Federal Aviation Administration.

Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of House transportation committee.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

Mortimer Downey, former deputy transportation secretary.


Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles.

Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., former executive director of Colorado Natural Resources Department.


James Lee Witt, former FEMA director.

Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton.

Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, chairman of 9/11 commission.

Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., chairwoman of Homeland Security intelligence subcommittee.


James B. Steinberg, former deputy national security adviser.

Susan Rice, former assistant secretary of state for African affairs.


Colin Powell, former secretary of state, former chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt.

Arne Duncan, chief executive officer of Chicago public schools.

Inez Tenenbaum, former South Carolina schools superintendent.


Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.

Tom Buis, president of National Farmers Union.

Former Rep. Charles Stenholm, D-Texas.


Rep. John Spratt Jr., D-S.C., chairman of House Budget Committee.

Gene Sperling, economic aide to President Clinton.

Jason Furman, Obama's campaign economic policy director.

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.


Valerie Jarrett, Obama friend, chairman and CEO of Habitat Co.

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.


Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of House Education and Labor Committee.

Former Rep. David Bonior, member of Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board.

Andy Stern, president of Service Employees International Union.