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: Election Debrief: The First Reactions

Most Rev. Dr. Antonio Hernández, O.M.D., A.B.F.

3 November 2004
Here where I live, it is 7.40 a.m. as I write this- the '11th hour after' Election Day, so to say. George Bush has, for all intents and purposes, won the election for President of the United States of America. Watching the results closely, I still don't know whether to laugh or cry. I certainly have no appetite now for my long overdue breakfast.

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the pretender, lost this election by what is at least nominally an avalanche of votes. Lucky to have touched 48% of the popular vote and with no vindication in sight, Sen. Kerry was not able to rely on either provisional or absentee votes. The numbers in his favor are just not there. * He has conceded to the inevitable this afternoon. -Ed

Bush won this election by a plurality bigger than we've ever seen, a healthy and horrifying 51% landslide.
Why did this country vote for the man who was always despised by nearly 52%, who is still known as the thief and liar of the 2000 campaigns? Why choose a dumb ass warmonger over a smart, sharp politician who could have salvaged the mess here and in Iraq?

Because Kerry is a wet smack, that's why. His campaign failed, hit the ground limping and never really caught on the way it should have done. In some ways it seemed to have boosted Bush's approval rating above and beyond its previous abysmal level. Never one to back away from mistakes, I admit that Kerry impressed me, that I became devoted to him. But as I always said- and I said it here first, my friends- I never liked Kerry. He was not my man. Didn't even know who he was.

The point is that he grew on me over the last month or so; that is too little too late for a senior politician who wants to be president. Kerry's motto throughout seems to have been, TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, AND THEN SOME. If it got rid of that usurping madman Bush, it was good enough for me. So my pals are correct when they say I'm a pushover for losers before I start.

Trouble is that Kerry the Lanky Blueblood (or so he is perceived) never reached the gun-totin'-nachos-and-tailgate-party crowd here in the Midwest. He turned off voters by the thousands and the Christian right saw him as Satan incarnate. Funny, how they have the last laugh, with the devil sitting pretty in the White House already!

I deem it necessary to move ahead. Bush, hateful and incompetent though he surely is, now has the people's genuine seal of approval. I must and will respect that office, which is why I hate Bush so much in the first place. The voters did not seem to feel he is undeserving of a second stab in the Oval Office. As an American, I'm compelled to be loyal out of respect.

But what was it that made Bush so strong? My less-than-level-headed cronies who supported Bush said all along that this election was his to win. Full stop. I often asked them whether they were mad... I felt that American common sense would prevail. My galactically stupid Bush-loving pals were right. Not only right- they guessed the exact margin, months ago! Bush 51%, Kerry 48%. Those are numbers I would not even publish at the time. Who knows how much money was lost on that bet!
President George W.Bush. HAIL TO THE CHIEF, BABY. And that is why I'm so angry, I can't focus my eyes.
© Rev Antonio Hernandez - November 3rd 2004

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