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and especially for the people who poured their hearts into that election. Losing is TERRIBLE and it’s even worse when the choice seems like it should have been so clear. Sometimes when you lose a race like that it’s just a testament to regional politics or gerrymandering. As one of my former broworkers is fond of saying, “We get the leaders we deserve.” SC1 made its choice.
I am really beyond words. I love you guys and this job so much and election nights like this can be so disheartening. Please remember that we’re making more steps forward than back. If you did everything you could do, then you have nothing to be ashamed of and I hope you celebrate tonight although not the result, your efforts.
Campaign Love and Mine,
I want to add on to this, for anyone that happens upon it:
I’m rare in the campaign world, in that my first role on a real campaign was working as paid staff for Kerry / Edwards in Ohio in 2004.
The drive from Columbus back to Houston was one of the worst times in my entire life, because of personal issues going on, but all of that was that much more difficult because of the loss. (Briefest of segues: I had to defend Kerry’s decision to concede more than once. He didn’t have the numbers to contest the race. Not in Ohio.)
Anyhow, the loss did what political losses do: it made me angry and it made me want to fight that much harder. I sometimes think that winning is the worst thing that can happen to a campaign person. We grow complacent and think that the next election will be that much easier, when it should be that much harder and usually is, from a certain standpoint.
As long as you took advice from Leo and:
You should be proud. Get back up, dust yourself off… and, ALWAYS, ALWAYS ask:
Sending my thoughts out to you on this disheartening loss… (and on a day in which I did vote during Early Voting for Community College elections in my area….)
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Someone on campus has a bad case of denial.
I saw a Women for Mitt bumper sticker on an overly-priced SUV the other day at Target. Pet peeve, which is going to sound ridiculous to most people, but if you’re a Dem, I think the bumper sticker should be on the “left” and if you’re a Republican, I think the bumper sticker should be on the “right”, and most (99.9%) of the time, Dems have the bumper on the left.
Guess who doesn’t have it on the “right” like easily half the time? That’s right. Republicans.
So, I snicker a LOT when I see it. And the “Women for Mitt” woman?
On the left.
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Fellow Texans (that are also Democrats), if you have not heard about Battleground Texas, well… I don’t know what to tell you. BUT, they’re offering free bumper stickers to get the word out.
Tell your friends?
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“The University of Texas will change its colors to maroon and white before Texas goes purple, much less blue.”
Gov. Rick Perry: Texas going blue, he says, “is the biggest pipedream I have ever heard.” Read: WSJ (via brooklynmutt)
Well of course that’s what he thinks, he’s working full time for it. He’s in the thick of having the Voting Rights Act ruled unconstitutional, in large part to remove its roadblock to voter ID requirements. Meanwhile, Latin@s “counted for 40 percent of eligible voters in Texas but counted for only 12 percent of the actual votes cast.” But please let us keep listening to Goodhair’s posturing on this topic, it’s far easier to assume all 25 million residents of Texas are rich middle aged white Evangelicals than to ask why in the name of Pete there’s a giant state where white people are a minority of the population but still manage to run EVERYgoddamn thing right down to skewing national election results. And the problem is getting worse, not better. There have been more non-white babies born in Texas than white babies every year for the past 25 years (or so) and we’re still handing the GOP 57% of the vote.
I am just so completely done with white coastal liberals (which means ALL Y’ALL) who don’t take this sorry motherfucker seriously until he reinforces their own biases, and then oh look Rick Perry found himself some truth. Y’all need to take a look at what his truth is propping up and who it’s stepping on and quit god damn doing the same thing.
I agree with everything thetart said here and more… especially that last paragraph…
I’m also so completely done with the DNC coming in and depleting all of the money in Texas because it’s not “winnable” and that money needs to go to other races where there’s a chance.. (meaning, a likelihood of victory). I know Battleground Texas is about to make hopeful strides in this, but it’s so disheartening sometimes to see the realities of who VOTES and who DOESN’T and to see their socio, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Real change takes time… and it should have begun years ago.
That, and who honestly listens to Governor “Goodhair” Perry? Seriously? The man wouldn’t take a dime out of the rainy day fund in 2011 for education, because it was needed for “emergencies”, and yet, with reelection around the corner, somehow Infrastructure is necessary and the rainy day fund is ready and willing to help rebuild our streets. (Note: not fix public transportation, either…)
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“What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican Party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What did Conservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things, every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”
President Santos (via amattg)
*wipes tear* Were that a President Santos were a reality… (C’mon Julian Castro…)
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Labor is not as unfriendly to immigration as it once was, and it’s seeing how improving immigration can help the movement, rather than hinder it.
In fact, a case is being made for helping permanent residents get on the path to citizenship with the help of their local, and if local unions in Texas want to turn this state blue and do the unthinkable (make this state worker friendly as well as push towards collective bargaining (I dream big, okay?)) then, they are going to have to embrace a group of workers that they have all but recently shunned.
This, by the way, is already what is beginning to happen.
Texas will go Blue. It’s no longer a big dream.
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“We are doing a lot of reaching out to some of the tea party folks across the state. What we’re finding — at least in this stage of the race — we’re finding that our interests align. It’s unusual.”
Keith Rouda, a field organizer with the liberal PACS MoveOn.org and Progress Kentucky, on the shared interests of Democratic donors and tea partiers in Kentucky. Both groups want Mitch McConnell out of the Senate, albiet for different reasons, and so they’ve struck up somewhat of an alliance. Apparently, Democratic donors have told state tea party groups that they’ll help bankroll the primary campaign of a credible right-wing challenger to McConnell, and one state Democratic group has already circulated petitions urging potential candidates to challenge McConnell in the primary. This is the exact same tactic Democrats used in Missouri last year, and it worked out pretty well for Claire McCaskill. source (via shortformblog)
Have Democrats in Kentucky COMPLETELY lost their minds? The only reason it worked out well for McCaskill is because the opposing candidate, Akin, went on a radio station and PUBLICLY stated that the body would shut down a pregnancy from a “legitimate rape”. In a Presidential Election cycle, in which WOMEN and their issues paid a significant role. Before that, she was completely lost in the polls and almost was assured a big loss on Election Night.
We don’t know what the issues will be in 2014 and after Kentucky elected Senator Rand Paul, you’ve got to be wondering: have the Democrats in Kentucky completely lost their minds? I mean, you can RUN against McConnell in the general, very easily - with his track record, moreso than you can against a Tea Party candidate with little to no exposure who will lie and twist his positions to ensure victory, and because the seat will be up for grabs and the Democrats nationally aren’t that interested in Kentucky, the GOP Tea Party candidate that would win the primary in this scenario, would get enough money to give him or her an edge.
Look, I can’t stand the evil Turtle in the Senate, either, but for crying out loud, he is a good fundraising target, nationally and a great candidate to run against… Ted Cruz is a perfect example of this. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t and those Tea Party people are insane.
Again: Have Democrats in Kentucky COMPLETELY lost their minds?
Signs point to: Yes.
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“With its diversity and size, Texas should always be a battleground state where local elections are vigorously contested and anyone who wants to be our commander in chief has to compete and show they reflect Texas values. Yet for far too long, the state’s political leaders, both in Austin and in Washington, D.C., have failed to stand for Texans. Over the next several years, Battleground Texas will focus on expanding the electorate by registering more voters — and as importantly, by mobilizing Texans who are already registered voters but who have not been engaged in the democratic process.”
“Democrats launch plan to turn Texas blue” (via kileyrae)
Right now, the future of our country, as far as elections go, is being decided in Texas, and it’s honestly, exciting. If we can shape the message here and start getting turn out to where it should be, Texas will be blue, but so will a number of other states, too.
(Source: politico.com, via kileyrae)
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#obama #democrats #politics #inaugural
(from @dragonflyb on Streamzoo)
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Dear James Taylor
Springsteen supported Kerry in 2004. OPENLY. I was there. (Can’t remember which colour was VIP.) Just sayin’. It’s not a shock that Springsteen is a Democrat, it would be a shock if he wasn’t. #politics #democrats #springsteen #inaugural
(from @dragonflyb on Streamzoo)