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.

  • Stephen Gordon

    I’m still laughing at all the people who said that Bush wouldn’t step down, but declare martial laws and cancel the election.

    I don’t plan on giving Obama any more quarter than I gave Bush, and my expectations for the two of them are about the same.

    I may end up giving Obama more quarters, though — because he is all about “change.”

  • Akston

    Hey, a quarter here and a quarter there and soon you have 700 billion in TARP funds.

    Hmmm. Done up in quarters, the TARP bailout would stack 1.225 million kilometers high (761 thousand miles, about one round trip from the Earth to the moon). Stacked lengthwise, they’d circle the globe over 30 times at the equator. It’d weigh 4.375 million tons.

    That’s a lot of change. President Bush and Congress got him started, but the smart money says he’ll want even more quarters.

    My question is will there be a dime’s worth of difference?