Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Well...

I never said my predection would be correct. ;)

We'll just have to see how things play out today. I think Ohio is a longshot, despite all the "provisional ballots" yet to be counted. I doubt Kerry will conceed today. That said, he has a large mountain of votes to make up and would have to win most of those provisionals - at a 2 or 3 to 1 clip, I'm thinking. I just don't know if that's in the cards.

I suppose that a part of me would just like to move on. Move on and away from this whole sordid mess of an election and just get on with life. Start planning for 2008. Start planning for the 2006 midterm elections. I think eventually we'll need to do that. There will be the usual circular firing squad that we liberals are so good at, but...maybe some of that is necessary. Kerry was imperfect as a candidate, someone that most Dems settled for because they wanted to get rid of Bush. But, we as a party still need to figure out what we're about. Moreover, perhaps this loss would be a good thing...in that it has already helped mobilize the left in a way it wasn't before. Another four years of that might not be a bad thing for us - the left has been revitalized and if we can continue to make progress, but focus on the local issues and local races...building from the ground up, perhaps we can turn the tables on the GOP in the long term.

Maybe this is forced optimism. I feel little down today, mostly because I thought the American electorate couldn't be as shortsighted as to elect this fool again. I worry about where we'll be four years from now with El Presidente and his cronies still in charge. I worry about the Supreme Court nominations he'll be able to make. I worry about the damage done to civil rights and freedoms in this country.

Life goes on. The sun comes up another day. Heck - I've watched the Jayhawks blow so many championships, semifinals, tourney games etc. when they were favored, or expected to win it all, that I may just be getting immune to defeat and it's consequences. I guess we'll see.

So...those are my thoughts for this morning. It would appear that we're going to have four more years of El Presidente - we might as well get used to the idea. The sooner we do that, the sooner we can start trying to take things back a piece at a time.

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