Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Post-Election Blues



I should be used to this by now.  Over the years I have worked hard for many candidates who have lost, sometimes narrowly,  sometimes badly.  I think it’s hardest when they lose narrowly—all those ruminations about if we had just worked a little harder.
I'm trying to talk myself out of the post-election blues. I thought Patrick Murphy would have been an excellent Attorney General, but the winner Kathleen Kane is certainly a qualified candidate. There were some exciting young challengers-- Numa St. Louis and Charisma Presley-- who did not win this time but have a good chanced of wining next time around. I feel very sad for Babette Josephs but I am sure she will find some way to continue the to fight the good fight  as a private citizen
I have had some victories—or more accurately been part of a victorious army; the big one was Barack Obama’s 2008 primary and general election victories.  I sure hope I don’t wake up depressed the morning of November 7.
Doing politics is kind of like teaching—maybe one semester was a failure but there will soon be another one coming up, a fresh start and an opportunity to learn from past mistakes.  So we pick ourselves up and get ready for the next election. November 2012 is the battle of my political life. The disappointments of the primary are small indeed compared with the unimaginable disappointment of an Obama defeat to Mitt Romney.
And there is so much to work to do to preserve democratic rights—fighting to overturn the voter ID law, cynically designed to depress turn-out among the young, the poor and the elderly, while at same time struggling to adapt to and educate voters about the new law.  Will people become so angry about this that they will become determined to vote to deny victory to those determined to disenfranchise them? Is that too much to hope for???

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