Last night, most conservatives were devastated to learn Barack Obama had been reelected as President of the United States.
As for me? Meh.
Frankly, in Texas, it really doesn’t matter who is president.
Our economy is strong. The Lone Star State emerged early from a nationwide recession with by far the best jobs numbers. Its thriving economy, low cost of living and low unemployment continue to attract disgruntled folks from other states.
Our leaders are strong. With conservative officeholders at the state level who are anything but shy and Republican majorities in both houses, we can be sure Texas won’t soon cave to political pressure. As David Guenthner of the Texas Public Policy Foundation noted on an election recap conference call today, our state election results were heartening: “Texas is continuing to chart a different path than the rest of the nation.”
Our continued emphasis on states’ rights is strong. President Obama will no doubt continue leading this country down the path of government growth, reckless spending, and increased regulation. But Texans are feisty. We will continue standing up to federal overreach – for the sake of our own state and all the others.
In a political sense, Obama’s win does matter for Texas. After all, a Democratic victory this time opens the door for a Republican one next time, and it could clear Texas’ candidate logjam.
I’m disappointed about last night. But I’m already looking forward to two exciting potential races: Abbott 2014, Perry 2016.