As I reflect over my past two years at Human Events, I’m enjoying the political prospects of November much more than I did when I started here in August 2008.
Against the backdrop of the presidential elections, the big political issues in August 2008 included gas prices going through the roof (remember the GOP revolt?) and the VP selection. I thank John McCain for giving conservatives Sarah Palin, and I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to forgive the Obama campaign for texting his VP pick to everyone early on a Saturday morning (note: if you want to appeal to a younger generation by texting, you’ll undo your work by waking them up on a Saturday).
Also in August 2008, Michelle Obama’s approval ratings were climbing from 43% to 54%. The national debt was also climbing. It was around $10 trillion that August and is now at $13 trillion.
We still haven’t done much to fix our energy policy besides hearing Democrats toy with a cap and trade option that would only make these numbers worse. The debt number keeps climbing. But there are several encouraging numbers now on the side of those who want limited government, fiscal responsibility, and policies that respect the lives of Americans.
More Americans identify themselves as pro-life. The majority of Americans want a law like Arizona’s in their own states – a law that protects borders and the U.S. economy by simply forcing those who are breaking the law to pay the consequences (in a way that doesn’t promote racial profiling, despite the misconceptions by people who don’t read the bill).
And a Rasmussen poll this week shows Republicans are leading Democrats 48% to 36% on the generic congressional ballot (just make sure those Republicans support life, fiscal responsibility, and strong borders).
I’ll be moving on this month to be associate editor at Townhall.com, where I’ll continue to keep my eye on these issues. But I’m glad I got to see the next piece of news this week: Joe Biden, on his millionth try, finally found the verbal light bulb this week (on Comedy Central, no less). Biden gave Bush credit where it was due:
“Mr. President, thank you. You’ve honored these guys. You’ve honored these women. You’ve honored these troops. And I’ve known you your entire eight years as president. I’ve never known a time when you didn’t care about what happened. We disagreed on policy. You deserve a lot of credit, Mr. President.”