October 26, 2004

In it for the Long Run

While we are out canvassing our neighborhood, writing letters to the editor and calling voters, it's important to keep in mind that the job of winning back our country doesn’t stop on 11/2. The Bush presidency(*) sent a clear wake-up call, warning all of us that we can’t take freedom and liberty for granted, that if we are to retain our democracy, we must be active participants in the process. When Kerry is inaugurated, which I fervently believe will happen, our work will only have just begun.

The prediction I made a year ago (), of a Democratic landslide, is still on. However as Kerry relentless lurches to the political right, casting about for the few centrist votes that remain in America’s highly polarized electorate, he leaves on the table the 20 million Democrats who voted in 1992 but not in 2000 along with another 20 million people who would vote for a Democrat if one would stand up and shamelessly lead the party (and the country) in a leftward direction, towards hope and promise for all Americans. So I predict that the landslide (at least 55/45) will have little coat-tails and leave the country with Democratic executive and a republican Congress (both houses). I hope I’m wrong about the latter, but even in the event of a “perfect storm” for Democrats, we still all have a lot of work ahead of us in January and beyond, keeping our elected officials honest and forthright, building the kind of America that will not grow complacent and allow the fat cat bigots to take our country away from us again.

Posted by Norman at October 26, 2004 02:12 AM | US Politics | Technorati links |

I have been giving this a lot of thought lately, too. If, forgive me, Bush steals a second election, then the work ahead is obvious. If Kerry wins, then the work is two-fold; keeping him honest and also protecting him from the right wingnut savagery that was laid out upon Bill Clinton. Also, there will be the ongoing job of either resting control or protecting the House and Senate, and keeping an eye on their legislative direction.

The grassroots efforts that have grown in this election cycle will require much maintenance and continuing nurturing.

Nothing ends on November 2nd, regardless of outcome.

Posted by: Scott at October 26, 2004 05:08 AM

I couldn't have said it better myself, Scott, particularly at 3am! ;-) I look forward to working alongside you and others like you in the years ahead.

Posted by: Norman at October 26, 2004 08:52 AM

But we can take a bit of nap, right? Right? While the fight for liberty and progressive ideals must march on, I think it can stand taking some of November off.

Posted by: natasha at October 26, 2004 09:30 PM

As long as you're not on the Transition Team, go ahead and take November *and* December off! ;-)Spend it with family.

Posted by: Norman at October 26, 2004 11:53 PM

Well, I am taking November 3 off from work, but already have begun thinking of my late night November 2 or early morning November 3 postings for my site.

I am willing to drive Georgie's moving van back to Crawford for him one weekend, perhaps.

Posted by: Scott at October 27, 2004 03:54 AM

Ugh. I hope at least one chamber of Congress comes along.

This all-Republican thing has to stop -- it gives them delusions of dictatorship.


Posted by: Scorpio at October 27, 2004 11:32 AM