This is my last post on the 2004 election. Huzzah!
Despite some criticism from Republicans who swore there was no way they’d be happy if Kerry won, yet somehow think we’re supposed to just smile and say “good job, Mr. President, the country’s behind you all the way,” it felt good to let off a little steam. But it’s over now. It’s time to stop hurling feces and threatening to quit if we don’t get our way.
As Dave says:
The worst part of the likely Bush victory over Kerry is the combination of triumphalist high-fives and neener-neeners from winners, and head-exploding wails of despair and loathing from the losers.
To the winners: yes, you squeaked by. Be grateful, and be gracious. Consider how things felt when the exit polls were singing a different tune. You have the majority, but it’s not a huge one, and it can easily turn around in two years. Don’t alienate your support by arrogance. And don’t dismiss opposition to Bush’s policies as mere fringe ravings; 55MM votes say you’re wrong.
To the losers: try and be just a scosh gracious, too. Take a deep breath. Acknowledge that the majority (pretty clearly, this time, though it was still close) disagreed with you, and that you need to do a better job in selling your viewpoints next time around. Screaming that the 58MM or so folks who voted for Bush were idiots, dupes, or evil homophobic crypto-fascist theocratic thugs, is neither helpful nor likely to decrease their number. Threatening to move elsewhere is only going to earn you a ticket, with their gratitude.
I agree. It’s cathartic to let out all your disappointment and hurt. I don’t blame anyone for doing that, and I wouldn’t have if the shoe were on the other foot, either. At some point, however, it becomes counterproductive, and you become just a clanging cymbal or a banging gong. A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. You know…
Be proud of your vote. Work to right any injustices you see. Keep believing in America.
And it wouldn’t kill ya to smile (after the hangover wears off, naturally).
p.s. I love you, Canadians. Seriously.