I’ve been thinking about the 1992 election a lot lately. In November 1992, I was 27 years old, married for just a little under a year, and really afraid of Bill Clinton becoming president. Then, it happened. The election was over and Bill Clinton was president. I don’t know what I thought was going to happen, but I was truly frightened.
However, if we take a little trip down memory lane to the months before the election, we see that incumbent President George HW Bush was thought to be invincible. He had high approval ratings in the polls because of the success of Dessert Storm. Then in a few short months, with perseverance and an excellent campaign staff and who knows what else, Bill Clinton rallied to victory.
I am remembering this little bit of history because as the 2008 election draws near, I think there is genuine fear among conservatives that Obama may be the next president. I can actually say I am more fearful of what life with Obama as president would be like than I was about Clinton. But, if we look back at that 1992 campaign, we see that it isn’t over until all the votes are in and things can change direction very quickly. As republicans push toward the election, they can take solace remembering that no matter what the polls and the media are saying in July through October, what matters are the results in November.