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Barack Obama’s amazing victory proved so many blowhards wrong, it’s been fun just to sit back and watch the lies deflate: white people won’t vote for a black man–wrong!He can’t win“–wrong! What will be more interesting, and will take more time, is for us to cast off the last iteration of this hokum, generated in the desperate last days of the McCain campaign: that Obama will now join hands with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in a triumvirate of the Left. Gun sales shot up immediately following the election, fueled by dizzy nightmares of taxes rising for Joe Sixpack and jackbooted thugs from the ATF coming to pry guns from freedom lovers’ cold dead fingers. Cue New World Order and black helicopters.

Sorry to break it to the tighty whity Righties, but it ain’t going to happen. There are good reasons for this that have been laying there in plain view for any who wanted to look at Obama’s actual record and at his actual associates. First, Obama didn’t spend much time working with Reid, and even less with the Speaker of the House. He spent much more of his precious little time in the Senate with Dick Lugar working on their loose nukes legislation. Second, Obama has a fairly strong history of disappointing those who insist on painting him as a one-dimensional symbol, from the activists in Chicago to African-American members of the Harvard Law Review. In both cases, Obama acted instead like a real leader for all concerned rather than for a narrower constituency. Past behavior being the best indicator of future performance, some dreamy lefties have some downer days coming.

Finally, Obama didn’t come all this way–confounding the cynical establishment media and racking up the largest vote for a Democrat since the 1960s–just to lay down for a coequal branch of government. Presidents, Republican and Democrat, generally have found the Congress to be a foe more than a friend, regardless of which party was in charge. Which is why I can’t yet figure out why so many of the people–by my count, nearly half–in Obama’s transition brain trust, starting with Rahm Emanuel, are best known as Clinton Administration people. Perhaps they’re just unavoidable as the most seasoned Democrats around, but in looking at the lineup of advisers at Obama’s first press conference, I had more than a tinge of the cringe I felt when watching the ghosts of the 1990s looming onstage with Hillary Clinton during her Iowa caucus defeat. While many are smart, capable folks, what does it say that Obama is taking advice from one of the architects of the mortgage meltdown, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin? Is that all there is to Democratic Washington, no one to go to other than Larry Summers and Robert Reich again?

Of course, none of these people, other than Emanuel, have to actually get jobs in the new administration, and maybe serving in their current roles may help exclude them from contention more than it includes them. I’m just hoping that after the skill Obama showed in defeating the Clintons and besting Bill Clinton’s share of the electorate to put to rest the lame fiction that Clinton was our “first black president,” Obama won’t settle for Clinton II.