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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