Strangely enough, when my side loses, I don't roll up into a little ball of volcanic rage. I suppose that's why I'm a conservative.
There are some reasons to be kind of jazzed:
* If I meet some starry eyed Obama supporter, I can say in all sincerity, "I got hope that things are going to get better and better!" It's true. I do.
* For the first time in my life I have a President that cannot possibly disappoint me. The other guys cannot say the same. In fact, there is a single direction their emotions can go from here.
* "Conservatism" had a good run as people naturally reacted against the catastrophe of the Carter years. But that was almost 30 years ago, more than an entire generation. Plenty of folks just don't have any feeling for the awfulness of Democrat rule. If they vote accordingly, what are you gonna do?
* Half-assed Republicanism is deservedly dead, dead, dead. I will not have to witness economic and socialistic catastrophe with the Republican name attached to it.
* Political movements are not top-down things. You cannot exhort people to adopt conservative principles. Big government socialism will be overthrown when the vast majority hate it. Right now, they don't.
* A downturn is when you see in the news that someone, somewhere is losing his job. A recession is when your friend loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job. Psychologically, we are only at stage 1. The Democrats are absolutely going to own stage 3. Simple poetic justice.
* Poor Israel. Perhaps secular Jews will reconsider their links to the party that sells it up the river.
* Foaming at the mouth leftists will suddenly look like the unhip tools that they actually are. If you keep tantruming even after you get your way, there is really no question anymore who the a-hole is, is there? A lot of lefties coming into power are suddenly going to start feeling strong incentives for sobriety. Ravers will be seen as threats to a good thing. They will be shunned.
* Maybe, just maybe, a few people will see fit to STFU about what a racist country this is.
* Sayonara, Clintons. Obama shunned you and won anyway. The PUMA's accomplished nothing. You didn't campaign or fight for him. He owes you nothing. His empire will now dismantle yours brick-by-brick-by-brick so that nothing is left standing. Then they will salt the ground so that nothing ever grows there again. Good riddance!
* Prop 8 passed! Coerced approval of sexual depravity, when it comes, will not be limited to just a blue state. And the churches can enjoy a couple more persecution-free years.
On the topic of disillusionment: It's not possible for folks who haven't gotten what they wanted to become disillusioned. They can keep running on fantasy and paranoia. That has now been taken away from the leftists. In 1992, I was a bitter leftist dreamer. I was psyched when Clinton got elected. I voted for him enthusiastically. In 1993, the disillusionment started because I saw the man back down on radical issue after radical issue. I even made up a joke: "How many Bill Clintons does it take to change a lightbulb? (I don't know, how many?) Uhh, okay, we won't change the lightbulb, then!" In 1994 I was pretty horrified by the attempted health care takeover, once I saw the details. I remember going to DC to visit a friend in October of that year. We'd both been fairly left, but we spent a lot of time mocking "Change" (Obama isn't the one who came up with that empty mantra), and commenting how the Democrats needed some kind of electoral punishment. Which they got. Six months later my conversion to Catholicism began, and I became a conservative. It's hard for me to remember all the feelings and motivations of the process, but that's what happened. Afterwards I was vastly happier than I ever was as a leftist. And if it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.