The part that scares me beyond reason is the ultimate fact of the last election.
2 disastrous wars with no end in sight. Massive, mind boggling deficits with no idea how to stop the carnage. An economy that is in freefall, directly as a result of the policies most loudly espoused by the republican incumbent and his party. Katrina and the utter failure of their government to help anyone that needed helping.
All of that, and then a barely functional dinosaur of a candidate. And Sarah Palin, ferfucksakes. All of that on one side of the ledger.
On the other side of the ledger you see a candidate representing a party that, when last in power, oversaw the only budget surpluses of the past 40 years (I know, but still). One of the most articulate, charismatic candidates to come along in a generation (or two). A huge groundswell of support for Obama and his party. Enthusiasm, orgiastic joy in the streets.
And 52% of the vote. With all of that, Mcain almost won. 48% of the adults who voted voted Republican.
Obama's win was a perfect storm. Like almost any incumbent, he has nowhere to go but downhill in support as we all get disillusioned. And it isn't far down - 2% - before the republisaurs are back in. And I have a feeling they won't let themselves be beaten again.
Now, if the US wants to drown in its own swill that's their business - my sadness comes from the inevitable spillover the rest of the world will be left to deal with.