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  •  It's tough here, for sure (13+ / 0-)

    but I consider myself lucky in that my co-workers are mostly Dems, non-political but reliable voters. Most of my friends are liberals, and my precinct went 63-37 for Obama. My family has learned to keep their teabaggin' mouths shut because I come armed and ready with facts they cannot refute. My facebook feed was remarkably free of the right-wing meltdowns I've seen others describe. And my mother is never, ever, ever voting Republican again because of their inexplicable opposition to reproductive freedom and education (the only time I've ever heard her drop the f-bomb was when I told her that Republicans were trying to defund Planned Parenthood. Score that one a win for the good guys!

    My boss, nominally a Republican because he thinks he should be as a small business owner, voted for Obama and was super happy that he won. He gave me a covert high five and said "Our man won!" He had previously confided in me that he and his mother agreed several years ago that it was getting to be rather embarrassing to be a Republican because of the crazy and willful denial of reality. I feel honored that he has gotten in the habit of asking me what I think, because he knows I'm well-informed and he respects my opinion.

    I noticed the gas prices, too. On Monday I saw stations with prices under $3.00. On Wednesday they went up. Yesterday they started going down. It'll be interesting to see where they are today.

    We just have to keep working. Now that the entire state is in the grip of the Republicans, I think we'll start to see massive overreach that may change some minds. The hit to education funding will hurt everyone, and we aren't all completely stupid. No doubt we are terribly racist here - can't tell you how many times I've gotten the "wink-wink-nudge-nudge aren't those black/brown/yellow people awful" comments from folks who think I share their beliefs just because I'm white, but many of our kids don't feel that way at all. My grandkids and their friends give me hope for our future, as corny as that sounds.

    Keep fighting the good fight, Noddy. We're always behind the times here (my father used to say the world could end and we wouldn't know it for two weeks), but we'll get there. Maybe not in our lifetimes, but someday. I have faith our kids will redeem us.

    A little blue dot in a vast sea of red.

    by deha on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 07:37:25 AM PST

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