It is decided. Bush remains for four more years in the White House.
As a declared opponent of everything that is Bush, this is misery.
It was not even a big victory. Had the result been completely unmistakable, it would be easier to cope with. But as of this writing, Bush only won because Kerry conceded—even though the result would probably have been in favor of Bush anyway. But considering that Bush was the sitting president, and at war even, that would usually rally a strong support. Seen from that point of view, it’s almost surprising Kerry got so much support. Even so, it looks like the world is stuck with the Texan for four more years.
What can we expect? Most likely constitutional marriage amendments, a continuing ban on stem-cell research and abortion, oil drilling in Alaska, and a continuing war in Iraq with little European support.
My deepest sympathies are with not only those in favor of Kerry, but indeed those in favor of Bush as well.
To my sensible friends abroad: keep your chin high, and remember Karma. And know, that sometimes things have to get a lot worse, before they get better. So once again, Godspeed.