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November 09, 2004

Calm Down

You don't have to look much further to find the difference between republicans and democrats that in this talk of the Bush "mandate". Can anyone, left or right, honestly imagine that if Kerry had won by the same margin, he would be saying things like "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it"? Of course the answer is no. He would have been humbled and grateful, and he would have sincerely reached across the aisle. I saw Bush Sr. on a BBC interview with David Frost, saying the President had one a "fairly substantial mandate". Democrats are wringing their hands and throwing in the towel left and right. Bloggers seem to be scaling back their efforts or quitting all together.
I think everyone needs to calm down. This election, like the last, was very close, and eventually hinged upon one state. No matter what the conventional wisdom says, moral issues, turn out, etc. I think that basically a few more million of us were scared than others, scared (wrongfully) of terrorism, a theme that was hammered home by this administration and its various propaganda arms (yes, I am thinking about FOX news) for over three years. My advice to fellow democrats and lefties would be to stay the course, point out the hypocrisies on the other side, and continue to work on the things that are important to us. And when election day comes around again, learn how to fight a little harder.