Seeing as the "Obama elected" thread seems to be filled by happy and excited liberals/Democrats, I was wondering what the (most likely more serious/sober) reactions of our conservatives and Republicans were, here at MacRumors, one of which I'm a member. I'm not even going to venture into the main thread, out of fear . If people on both sides could refrain from making derogatory/inflammatory remarks in this thread, that would be great. Let's just have some honest and peaceful discussion, with critique of others' views that is with good, intelligent thought. My own personal thoughts follow: 1. I'm ready to welcome President Obama. His ascent is no small deal, and while I disagree with him on pretty much every single issue, us on the right aren't racists as others might believe. I'm not angry at him or anything. Our country's political process is remarkable in itself. Congratulations, Mr. Obama. 2. While I had no doubts about voting for McCain this election, he was definitely not my first choice in the primary. I'm wondering if this election proves that it's always much more intelligent to go for your base FIRST, and then catch the independents, rather than trying to catch your base later, like McCain did. Obama did his strategy right, getting his base FIRST. McCain definitely had a tough job ahead of him to be elected, with Bush's unpopularity and all, but a lot of social conservatives like myself felt extremely neglected by McCain, and even some economic conservatives weren't so sure about him. 3. Considering the actual implications of Obama's presidency: the Democrats will now control both houses and the presidency. And I'm very curious to see what they'll do with that. One-party rule tends to have problems, just like it has for the Republicans, as anyone can admit. Of course, the Democrats now have no excuse not to get some things done for their cause. The question is whether they'll work, of course. The number one thing I, as a social conservative, am worried about are supreme court appointees. We don't need more activist judges. 4. Finally, us Republicans need to get back to work and redefine our party. Centrism hasn't worked. What will happen with the Republicans over the next 2-4 years should not be a due to a possible failed Obama presidency, but due to our own work. Feels free to discuss my views or your own. But with respect, please.