So What If McCain Wins?

// November 3rd, 2008 // Blog

Or Obama for that matter?

In the 2006 mid-terms, the Democrats took control of both the Senate and House of Representatives, which essentially turned Bush into a “lame duck” president.

What's the likelihood of that happening again?

Meaning, even if Obama does win, how much progress can he really make? Granted: PR-wise, it'll look great for America to have a “black” president; but otherwise? Similarly, if McCain wins, how likely is the world going to end because of him?

If all the checks and balances are in place, the president should be limited in his ability to change things, unless and until he has the backing of the rest of government.

Which means – placing presedential veto rights aside – all the fuss about the present campaign has been major hype, because we have no idea how cooperative the presiding government will be with their new Commander in Chief.

Am I missing something?

I can't wait for Wednesday.

7 Responses to “So What If McCain Wins?”

  1. Shahrzad says:

    I am running out of patience for wednesday for some other reasons.
    Also i should say iranian presidential election on June 2009 is no less stressing and exciting.. Some want Ahmadinejad go and some others want him stay.. Another unpredictable election in Iran that i am sure world will watch it..
    I may write a post on it later insha’allah..

  2. Media Guy says:

    This is exactly why the margin of victory matters for the victor. The bigger the margin, the greater the difference the President Elect can make.

    But of course, let us not forget, an American President is an American President; at no time will such an individual campaign for (let alone bring) changes that benefit the wider world at the expense of American interests.

    Issues that will thus not be solved under any American administration: Islamophobia. Global warming. World poverty and famine. Political oppression in other countries. Freedom of worship in Jerusalem. The list goes on.

    So the real question is: Is a powerful American president (with backing from the senate and congress) good for the rest of the world? In in particular for Muslims (from and outside of the US)?

    “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided”
    said Senator Barack Obama at a three-day conference at AIPAC (the lobbyist group the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee), the same man who today said at a rally “I am convinced that when we come together, our voices are more powerful than the most entrenched lobbyists”. A hypocrite, albeit the better one.

  3. We are picking the best out of a basked full of rotten fruit. What else can one do?

  4. ms says:

    Supposing it’s nothing but symbolic. It’s still important as a symbol.

    Then, forget all about administration. The kind of things McCain says (No, ma’am. He is a decent family man) he being elected means those things being approved by the public. Then he’ll get airtime all over the world, and he’ll say stuff like that.

    So it’s important that way too. Even without any real administrative power.

  5. sophister says:

    The president sets a direction for the country, and tempers the mindset of that country. I think it is not about necessarily changing things, it is about goals and fundamental philosophies, and fundamental understanding as well. If anything, it makes a huge part of the country feel good about being American again. It makes us know that something has truly changed. Whether people like to say it or not, the fact that a man of color will be president is a huge step for all Americans.

  6. Organica says:

    I think Aunty To Muffin has the best comment of all :P

  7. Mezba says:

    sophister said it best.

    It does matter who wins, and from all accounts McCain would continue the Bush-Cheney mindset while Obama would take the country in a new direction.

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