Apparently the first Republican Talking Point on the sheet is, "I hope President Obama succeeds." Now that's almost as stupid as "Hope" and "Change." The CONTENT matters! Succeeds at what?
I certainly hope, and will pray, that President Obama succeeds at preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States and seeing that the laws are faithfully executed, but as for the agenda Obama promised during the campaign, God forbid that he should succeed at that!
Am I supposed to hope (because the President is new, or because he is the first African American, or because I want to seem bi-partisan) that Obama succeeds in passing and signing the Freedom of Choice Act? that he succeeds in legalizing homosexuals in the U.S. Military, where my sons may find themselves rubbing elbows with, or worse, saluting them?
Should I hope Obama succeeds at appointing federal judges in the District and Supreme Courts, who regard the U.S. Constitution as a "Living Document," and may overthrow the definition of marriage?
Should I hope that he succeeds in spending additional billions of future taxpayer dollars, saddling business with punishing regulation, singling-out profitable industries for punitive "windfall" taxation, un-doing the Bush tax cuts of marginal rates, estates, capital gains, dividends, investments in equipment, child-tax credit, undoing of the marriage penalty?
Should I hope Obama succeeds in eliminating secret ballots in Labor Union votes?
Should I hope that Obama succeeds in stiffing our courageous, democratic, terror-fighting ally, Columbia, by deep-sixing CAFTA?
Should I hope Obama succeeds in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq by a premature withdrawal? Should I hope he succeeds in shutting down our terrorist detention facility at GITMO or undoes the USA Patriot Act, that he succeeds in abandoning the collection of signals intelligence (known among Media and Democrats as "domestic wiretaps") on international phone calls to or from suspected enemies of the U.S.? Should I hope Obama succeeds at meeting with dictators and thugs who hate America and long to use the President of the United States as a propaganda foil?
Should I hope Obama succeeds in further radicalizing Public Education with the anti-American and/or Afro-Centric indoctrination programs that he and a guy from his neighborhood promoted through the Annenberg Challenge?
Count me out.
A good way for Republicans to begin crawling out of the post-election bunker might be by specifying what we mean when we wish President Obama success, namely that we wish America success, which will be best accomplished if Obama FAILS to deliver on his planned agenda.