Deflated

Just heard on the radio that Kerry is calling Bush to concede the election, so it’s offically over. The candidate who lied about WMD in Iraq was perceived as the more honest and moral candidate. The party that wanted to write discrimination into several state consititions won. I don’t have anything to say right now. Maybe later today. For now, I’m just going to crank some punk rock, take some deep breaths, work on my conference paper, and prepare to win the next round.

I will say that I’ve been comforted by all of the many eloquent responses to the election results:

10 Comments »

  1. David Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 12:19 pm

    “eloquent responses to the election results”? I haven’t read all of those you’ve posted to yet, but I know you don’t mean mind. Dude, I am flailing wildly trying to come to grips here. There is no eloquence or intelligence to be found on my blog right now, just dumbfounded, shell-shocked, attempts to begin to figure out what the fuck happens next. I am very glad that you linked to Jimbo’s posts, especially the “Sleepers Awake!” post–that is eloquence. My site, not so much.

  2. chuck Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 12:34 pm

    I think that it’s simply nice to know that people are struggling as hard as I am to come to grips with what happened, what it means, where do we go from here? It would be easy to feel resigned right now, and to be honest, I’m fighting hard against that. It may not feel eloquent, but your posts have helped me to realize that I’m not the only one who’s struggling.

  3. Dylan Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 1:57 pm

    Not to insert myself into your list, but here was the best I could do last night. It stings a little bit, but life will go on I suppose… talkingpointsmemo.com has a good article as well.

  4. chuck Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 2:11 pm

    Thanks, Dylan. I liked the Josh Marshall piece, too, but for some reason my MT account has been a little glitchy today (so apparently has Blogger). Don’t worry about inserting yourself into the list, it’s nice to know there are other people out there who have had similar reactions.

  5. David Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 3:21 pm

    Chuck, Thanks for your comments on my “What happened? and What now?” post. I’ve posted a new piece, trying to understand Jimbo’s position and its ramifications and to begin to lay out how to proceed from here. Please, let me know what you think.

  6. chuck Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 3:51 pm

    I’ll comment soon (you may have the email I sent by now), but right now, my brain is reeling a bit.

  7. Titus Barik Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 4:43 pm

    Chuck, though I have been out of touch, I’ve been keeping up with your weblog for a long time now. Since I’m not a Georgia resident, I had to go out my way to vote with an absentee ballot through Alabama.

    This past month I traveled the world. I went to Australia, Singapore, and even New Zealand. Despite what the television says, the rest of the world hates America. I’ve been there. In person. Live. And it’s a fact. The bus drivers, restaurant workers, professors, museum attendents, everyone there said to me: “Whatever you do, don’t let Bush get re-elected. Please.” I promised that I would do my part.

    As a college student, I’m ashamed. I’m ashamed that the demographic that was arguably the most vocal about the state of our nation did the least about it. Our country counted on us and we failed. If our educated youth refuses to do anything, then it seems that all hope really is lost. Just what will it take to make our youth care?

    Keep up the good fight.

  8. chuck Said,

    November 3, 2004 @ 5:02 pm

    Titus, thanks for the encouraging words. I’m afraid it might take a military draft or something similar to get more young people to vote.

    I do know that a lot of Tech students voted (many for Bush, of course), but obviously the percentages were still too low. I worry about the perception of the US abroad, and now that reputation is likely even worse than it was. I’m feeling better now. I finally managed to get some work done, and now that I’ve had time to think, this election *will* motivate me to work hadrer from now on.

  9. Steve Said,

    November 4, 2004 @ 6:57 am

    Titus’ post just gave me a bit of a shudder. I’m not surprised at what he said, but I wonder what the conclusion the rest of the world will draw from this.

  10. chuck Said,

    November 4, 2004 @ 9:18 am

    Yes, it is prett chilling. Check out George’s post on this topic, and Jill’s comment.

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