Good post, APL...and spot-on!
Bill Clinton wasn't a failure, and the neocons realized that during his first term. They probably were into finalizing and polishing their plans to steal elections, too. They did find Clinton's soft underbelly when they realized he had a penchant for pretty girls and young women, and I have always been convinced that Lewinskygate was a well-organized plot and plant to not only destroy Clinton, but to undermine the Democrats and to advance the "cause" of the Christian rightwing fundies. 9/11 was supposed to cement their hold on the country with all the Bush rhetoric about being with us or against us, and how there were axis of evil out there hell bent to destroy us. Puritans would have been proud! Isolate the country and a theocracy can be better formed. Make Americans suspicious of other Americans and the take-over will be easy. They counted on the "great unwashed" and majority of uninformed voters keeping them in power. What they failed to fathom was the power of the internet and the overall intellect of the American people.
They also didn't count on a brilliant young black man coming along, either, with an actual message of hope and redemption for the American people that wasn't RELIGIOUS, a Harvard-educated law professor who spoke in complete sentences. A smart man who surrounded himself with smart people and who put into place a campaign that ran over the Repubs like a Mach truck.
Obama will keep as many of his promises as he can...I firmly believe that. He's already shown more intelligence in choosing his Cabinet than Bush ever showed in the past eight years. Obama will be a fine president...as long as he never underestimates his enemies...and I don't think he will. Obama has a tremendous mess to clean up, and I am also convinced that we're going to give him time to see what has to be done...and then what can be done in four years. I'm hoping he has eight years in which to try to make a dent in the Bush-neocon disaster and that along the way, he doesn't let anybody forget who it was that caused our economic collapse.