Scott Johnson’s “Ten Theses on President-Elect Obama”
Mostly the things that Obama did right in his campaign — right, at least, from the tactical standpoint.
These four points, however, need to highlighted:
7. The campaign gave new meaning to the term “hoist on his own petard.” Obama’s incredible fundraising prowess outside the system of public financing should kill McCain-Feingold on practical grounds after it should have been killed on constitutional grounds.
8. Despite his thoroughgoing liberalism, Obama did not run as a liberal. Liberals can run successfully for president under camouflage donned for the occasion. The camouflage will be accorded respect and deference by the press like that accorded the Emperor’s new clothes.
9. Senator McCain ran a flawed, weirdly constrained but honorable campaign against Barack Obama under circumstances that were aggravated from the difficult to the impossible. No other Republican candidate could have overcome them or run a more successful campaign.
10. The substantially enhanced Democratic majorities in Congress stand poised to pass a raft of legislation that ranges from the destructive to the abominable and the tyrannical. It will serve as an early challenge to the judgment of President Obama, and to the efficacy of the loyal opposition.
[I've fixed two or three typs.]
About Number 9:
Jennifer Rubin’s “Top Thirty Errors That Doomed McCain”
Johnson’s Point Seven, about McCain Feingold, belongs on Rubin’s list as well, so make that “Thirty One Errors”.