DATE: 11/04/2004 09:17:00 AM
Healing the Divide - Both candidates gave wonderful speeches yesterday. I thought John Kerry's and George W. Bush's words were humble, graceful and a good way to end this bitter election season. It's too bad that members of Senator Kerry's party didn't get the memo.
On Fox News, John Gibson was interviewing Bob Beckel, a Democrat strategist. The guy was a complete jerk. He said President Bush had no mandate and that Democrats should fight his agenda every step of the way. Other Democrats have been more concilatory in tone, but have similar messages to that of Mr. Beckel.
Having lost the election badly, the Democrats now believe the best way to 'heal' the country is for President Bush to pass Democrat legislation and appoint liberal judges. Any other actions would be partisanship of the worst order. President Bush should, for the most part, ignore them.
As the first president in 16 years to win a majority in the popular vote, and a strong showing in the electoral college, President Bush has a mandate to lead. People knew what they were voting for, and expect him to do the things he promised during the campaign. Democrats have to realize that if people wanted liberal policy, they would have elected John Kerry and given the Democrats control of the Senate. Obviously, that didn't happen.
The Democrats still haven't gotten the message that they lost. People don't like their ideas and don't want them running the country. It's a hard realization to make, but the results from Tuesday send a strong message. It's time for the Dems to start listening to what the people are telling them, or continue having bad nights every few years.