As the pain starts to wear off a bit, it’s getting easier to digest everything that’s happened in the past 48 hours. I think a lot of that has been covered in the comments here the past few days, but just wanted to say for the record:
- Kerry/Edwards was a great ticket, probably the best the Dems could have put together last year, and for sure the ones who could and did give Bush/Cheney the best run for their money.
- I realize the ‘youth’ vote did turn out in greater numbers than 2000, but so did every other demographic out there. For them to be as helpful as we needed them to be, they needed to show up in greater numbers compared to other demographics, not just compared to themselves in 2000.
- Thanks to everyone who’s been chiming in here and via email over the past few days.
- I think this election was a lot closer than people (esp. the Pres/VP) seem to understand. He won with the lowest percentage of electoral votes and popular vote of any incumbant, he was at a 70% approval rating eighteen months ago (when most potential candidates we’re deciding whether or not they’d run), and if a few ten thousand people vote the other way, I’m cheering for a Kerry/Edwards win. Squeeking by with a 1.5% margin of victory does not a ‘mandate’ make.
- The Democratic party does need to get it’s shit together, but the Chicken Little predictions for our future if we don’t embrace religion and ‘traditional values’ are highly overstated.
- Thank god Tom Daschle lost. Honestly, when the supposed leader of our party is the most spineless of them all, something is seriously wrong. And, as a former South Dakotan who met him and knows one of his top level aides (sorry Willard) I can get away with saying that.
- Thank god for Harry Reid. As a former resident of Nevada, I can also get away with that. Our new party leader in the Senate actually has a spine and isn’t afraid to use it. He is a great negotiator as well, something we’ll need in the next 2 years.
- God help the pro-choice movement. With GWB going to have a few picks for the SCOTUS, wave good bye to a woman’s right to choose. And I say ‘God’ there because our new Supreme Court won’t have any problem making the seperation of Church & State go the way of dodo. Also: say hello to an erosion of your civil liberties, and if you’re gay/lesbian, Clarence Thomas would kindly prefer it if you got back in the closet thank you very much.
- Kids, start saving now. Not for a new bicycle, college, or your first car… But to pay off the national debt we’re going to run up on your asses. And our social security. k thx bye!
- The country isn’t getting more conservative, no matter how much the talking heads on TV say so. The conservatives just vote more than we do, and their leader says God speaks to him. Christian conservatives espeically like it when God talks to their leaders..(Mosses, Abraham, Jerry Fallwell, etc..). Anyone who thinks this country is getting more conservative needs to leave their 7 bedroom house in the suburbs, get in their SUV and drive into any major city in America (you won’t get mugged.. promise!). America’s Liberal urbanism will hit you harder than that lesbian stoner on her bong on Brady street. In all seriousness, we’re not getting more conservative, you’re just getting old.
- Finally, while I’m disappointed in the way things turned out, I’m also genuinly frightened for all things things I didn’t mention above like our environment, gay rights, our dependance on oil, and the fact that we’re stuck for another four years with the guy who can’t articulate any better than the seal at Sea World can while honking out ‘It’s a Small World’ on those horns. And screw the whole, “Well I could see myself having a beer with him” line. Our president doesn’t fucking drink beer! And when was the last time you heard a member of the Christian Right say anything like that anyways?? Our kids are going to be dealing with a lot of the decisions which will impact us all in the next four years.
So when you take them to Yellowstone National Park in 15 years, and they ask you why the rivers is dirty, the trees are cut down, and there are oil drills dotting the landscape, remember election day 2004.
I’m out for a few days for some R&R and to put the election out of my mind.