It seemed like it took forever, but we're finally here. The last day of the reign of George W. Bush (and Dick Cheney), and the first day of an era of promised change. We don't know if Barack Obama and Joe Biden will bring the change they promised. But it is difficult to imagine that they could run things worse. That is not to say that bad things won't happen, but I'm pretty confident that they'll be handled better. And that Obama won't be actively creating strife.
But for all of the dung that the Bush Administration did heap upon us, it is worth noting that the worst fears of liberals like me didn't all come to pass. Here are a few things we can thank our lucky stars for:
- Ordinary citizens were not rounded up and subjected to extreme rendition
- Bush did not declare Martial Law
- Elections were not postponed or cancelled
- Bush didn't change (or ignore) the Constitution to allow for a third term (or beyond)
- Jeb didn't run
- Bush didn't launch any nukes
- Bush didn't invade or attack Iran
- No conveniently-timed terrorist attacks disrupted elections or key votes
- Cheney didn't step down at a convenient time, and wasn't replaced by Condi Rice
- Karl Rove was not successful stealing a third Presidential election
- The Rovian Alternate Reality Machine broke down, and people started to see the flaws
- Many fearsome people are now political punchlines: Tom DeLay, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, Bill Frist, Rick Santorum, Denny Hastert, Katherine Harris, Donald Rumsfeld, Condi Rice, Karl Rove, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and many, many more.