• I'm Dana Perino, and I want to thank Governor Huckabee for inviting me to guest host this week while he's on tour.

    It's been almost a month since the presidential election, and about half the country remains elated, vindicated, triumphant. They voted for President Obama and are walking on cloud nine.

    The other half, well, not so much. They are confused, despondent, even sleepless. They wonder if the whole nation has gone quite mad. And they want a return to commonsense, not another four years on Fantasy Island.

    We're taught as kids to be good sportsman -- not to gloat after winning, to give the other side a high five and say, "Good game!"

    Have we seen much of that from the winners since November 6? Nope.

    But no matter. Being a good sport means not just being a gracious winner, it means being a good-spirited loser, even when it's hard to feel that way.

    After an election, the losing party must ask, what went wrong? Why didn't people come out to vote?

    But enough self-flagellation. It's time to get up, dust ourselves off, and walk to mid-field. Give 'em the high fives they deserve, then get to work.

    For what is the alternative? Anger? Sadness? Depression? That's no way to live, and it's certainly no way to win an argument, let alone future elections.

    So what now? It's not time to change principles -- the values of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and the ability to move up the ladder if you work hard and take a risk are timeless values.

    What's holding people back, and weighing down Americans of every race, creed and religion is an insatiable government spending machine and leaders who aren't tackling the hard truths we heard so much about in the campaign.

    Political revenge is a terrible way to lead the country. Good policy is made by dealing in fact, setting goals and taking bold actions.

    Anyone elected to office has a responsibility to weigh the evidence then explain their votes, and we must hold them to the standards worthy of their offices.

    Remember in 2004, it was the Democrats that were wringing their hands. George W. Bush had just won re-election with a higher popular vote total than in 2000, and he had increased the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate -- the first time a president had done that since FDR.

    Yet the Democrats came back to win the House in 2006 and the presidency, House and Senate in 2008. There have been wild swings from one election to the next, and there will be again.

    So don't go wobbly now. Instead, go boldly forward to explain why you're right. Because I believe you are.