David Harsanyi nails it, in both paragraphs:
Yes, two important historical events transpired Tuesday: The first was the peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected politician to another (an uninterrupted streak we often take for granted). Then there was the first presidency of an African-American, which proves we can transcend our unsightly past.
After that, what we had was just another election. We conduct one every four years. For those of you not shouting hosannas, it might have occurred to you that we are suffering from a rampant sickness in American life that casts government as the author of your dreams and an Illinois politician the linchpin of your hopes.
There is a part of me that is celebrating Barack Obama’s election. The historical significance of this is not lost on me.
But that wears off quickly. Barack Obama may be the first black President, but is still just another President. The true test of the historical significance of his election is that we treat him like just another politician. That means — when it comes to his policies — no quarter will be given. The problems this country faces haven’t changed in the last two days, and the nature of government (and its rightful place in our lives) has not changed, despite Obama’s historic inauguration.
The inauguration is over, and the Inaugural Ball-induced hangovers are fading. It’s time to get back to the fight for liberty — a fight for Change that I can believe in.