I must admit that Barack Obama has finally brought what he promised on Nov. 4, 2008. It’s been one year since, and hope and change have finally arrived. Ironically, the hope and change came to Republicans in that the governors of New Jersey and Virginia were changed, consequently bringing hope to conservatives. What does this really mean for the country, liberalism and President Obama’s midterm elections next fall? While liberalism lost a battle, a new grass-roots movement is growing in a leaderless conservative party. It does not look good for the left, and if Obama keeps running the Pelosi game plan, he’ll be on Dr. Phil by 2010, being asked, “And how’s that working out for ya?”

The most striking analysis concerning the New Jersey governor’s race came from conservative Dennis Prager, who noted that Republican Chris Christie beat Democrat gazillionaire Jon Corzine on the premise that he just wasn’t a Democrat. He didn’t fundraise much, didn’t have an agenda, and basically was a patsy from the get-go. But he won by sitting back and allowing the Democrats and their left-of-liberalism agenda to take front and center, scaring the poor and minorities from the Jersey shores into either not showing up or voting for the other guy. If I were Obama, I’d be nervous, considering he stopped by a few times to campaign for the $30 million-funded Corzine camp, and it still lost by 5 percent. Even the poor and downtrodden in Virginia aren’t thrilled with where Obama & Co. are taking the country, as the Republican beat the Democrat by a whopping 17 percent in a state Obama won a year ago by 8 percent over John McCain. While I understand two states don’t demand a conservative mandate, this appears to be the sign of things to come.

What I love about the election results is that they appear to be more grass-roots-based than institutionally orchestrated. In our modern age, the terms “conservative” and “grass roots” are linked together about as often as “American” and “patience.” If there was ever a machine, it was the GOP. I believe the sign outside elephant headquarters reads, “The Good Ole Boys Club: No One Else Welcome.” That’s why the Republicans have run for president, since 1988, two Bushes, Bob Dole and John McCain; whereas the Democrats have run up-and-comers Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The only time they went old-school was in 2004, with John Kerry, in an embarrassing loss that should have been a sweep over Dubya. With the latest Gallup poll finding that 40 percent of Americans call themselves conservative, there appears to be a movement away from the GOP establishment and toward a grass-roots movement not seen since the days of … well, ever.

What the liberal wing of the DNC should learn with these election results is that unless Barack Obama’s name is on the ballot, then the youth don’t show up. This idea that the twentysomethings of the country are now politically interested was a myth from day one. The Democrats have two options to get the 2008 voters back out: 1.) Change every DNC candidate’s name on the ballot to Barack Obama, or 2.) offer medical marijuana cards at the voting polls. Unless they do one or the other, expect the youth vote to be playing video games or studying post-modern feminist literature at the university. Interestingly enough, while the liberal grass-roots groups are fading away, a conservative one is rising from the ashes.

This isn’t the end of liberalism. In fact, these election results might only light the Democratic fire even more, knowing time is of the essence. America is only a year away from a potential conservative revolt, tea bag parties included, and this might be the only time for Obama & Co. to get their left wing laws, bills and decrees into motion before a title wave of conservatives comes crashing in on the House floor to stop the madness. Already, global warming bills are being passed through, so the fight isn’t over yet. But there is hope now. Thank you, Mr. President, for bringing what you promised, even if it might be the beginning of your end.   

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