Wednesday, November 3
Leader:The Independent, November 3, 2004

A time of trepidation: America has voted for Bush, and the world must live with the consequences

A marathon campaign, a massive turnout and a long night of shifting fortunes have culminated in the result that many had feared. George Bush's victory comes as a bitter disappointment to those many Americans who had worked so hard for change and to the millions abroad who had desperately hoped to see a more progressive president in the White House.

So the result may not be to our liking, but it is conclusive, and we will have to live with it. This does not mean, however, that we do not contemplate the second Bush term with considerable trepidation. Another four years of a president in thrall to the religious right and the neo-conservatives is another four years in which the United States risks sliding back into an earlier age of bigotry and social injustice.

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