Delayed gratification is good for the soul. This year, after 8 grueling years, we could get exactly what we want on November 4.
Personally, as much as I like John Kerry and think he would have made a solid President (especially juxtaposed to what we’ve had since ’04), I think Barack Obama is head and shoulders above Kerry or any Dem, will ultimately be better for the country in the long run, and is poised to put a big stamp on US history. Ultimately, I’m glad Kerry lost and set in motion the circumstances at which we arrive today. It’s a blessing in disguise, if you will.
Perhaps it’s just me talking myself into a position that justifies having to endure 8 years of Bush/Cheney malfeasance, the same way Christians like to say that all suffering is righteous and part of God’s plan. But I wonder what others think.
We’ll never know what a Kerry presidency would look like or what the benefits/consequences of such would have been. Nor can we predict the outcome on November 4 or how the next president will transform the nation. Regardless, do people feel the same way I do? Is the excitement of the Obama campaign, the spectacle of the 2008 electoral free-for-all, the 2006 elections, and this year’s big congressional gains worth the price of a soul-crushing Kerry defeat? Is it something that you try not to think about? Is it perhaps that nothing was worth the last 4 years of Bush II?
What do you think?