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I really didn't want to rant this week, I just wanted to bask and reflect and feel to my toes how different this this election feels.  I wanted to laugh, mock, invite CU to kiss my big white one.

I wanted a week of amazement, of praising the most flawless campaign any Democrat has ever run.  I wanted more time to gloat over Karl Rove's meltdown, Mitt's $25 grand fireworks display of doom, a slapped together concession speech.  I wanted a chance to compare Sarah Palin's gobsmackedness with that of Anne and Mitt Romney.  I wanted someone to mention that the people who think they're God's chosen really do have trouble when God chooses another.

I wanted some praise for Team Obama, for the incredible wins for the most Progressive
candidates we've run in a long time, the fact that we did so damn well in a viciously gerrymandered House election, that we won governorships that were fairy dust wins in January.  I wanted time to bask in the radical shift we see in support for the civil rights of GLBT's.  Tammy Fucking Baldwin Fucking won!!!!!!!!!

Minnesota ended it's brief flirtation with the RW, California can be governed with a 2/3 majority in both houses that allows for sensible fiscal policies and increases in funding to all the things we hold most dear.  Ohio and Pennsylvania smacked the Republican's ugly little voter suppression tactics, and even Florida pulled it's head out of it's ass and managed a relatively clean election.  For Florida.

There's a whole lot of partying going on, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it, but there's a nasty little wave of depression trying to overwhelm the successes and the joy.  It's now time for gloom and doom to raise it's ugly head.  Time to work harder to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  

Time to be Very Afraid that Dick Cheney will be Obama's choice for SOS!  Panic that SS and Medicare are DOOOOOOMED!!!  Despair that Elizabeth Warren isn't running the CFPB because Obama was too chickenshit to fight for her.  

Oh wait, it's Senator Warren.  Erase erase.

Time to give up on Wall Street fraud ever being prosecuted.  

Except that Holder wins every time.

What a pity that Obama didn't come out of the gate hammering on DADT and DOMA.  We'd have been able to lose another 4 election cycles if he'd just shoved LGBT rights down the ugly craws of bigots.  

Better to lose fiercely than win enormously by making friends, right?  

It's all about using the bully pulpit and making those assholes squirm.  Actual policy wins, actual election victories are far less important than making Republicans hurt the way we hurt during the Bush years.  

Besides, even though Republicans are massive failures at governing, it's a whole lot harder to actually govern than it is to snipe at the idiocy of the RW.  Let's go for the easy path and not be forced to deal with the fact that we're not yet the driving force behind the Democratic Party, that it will take a lot of work before Progressives can count on winning most of the time.  And God Forbid we might have to admit that without Obama our Progressive heros and heroines would be today's losers, not the victors.  Without his oft-despised OFA Tammy Baldwin would probably not be Senator-elect Baldwin.  

Without the 3+ years Obama invested in defining the Republican Party, and then in further defining it's standard-bearers, we'd be wearing ashes and beating our breasts today.  If the Bush Tax Cuts had fallen first time out, what's the hook for teaching people that the Republican Party has no interest in you?  Without the battles for expanding unemployment insurance vs keeping tax cuts for the wealthy, how would this reality ever have sunk in?  

The RW have controlled the narrative in this country completely since Reagan, and well enough to empower Grover Norquist since Goldwater.  It's about fucking time some of the gloom and doomers on the left got a firm grip on their tightly twisted knickers and unknotted them enough to allow some blood to reach their brains.  

This isn't politics 101 boys and girls, this is advanced-degree politics 21st Century.  

This is taking the time to figure out what those low-info-voters are believing that allows them to justify their consistent votes against their own self-interest.  This is figuring out that those beliefs are so deeply imbedded it will take time, patience, and gentleness to move them gradually away from those ill-conceived voting patterns.  

This is having an overriding vision that Change means more than policy victories, it means attitude changes, it means taking a fractured and divided nation and beginning the process of healing in the face of a media that thrives on division and terror.

Could we, just one time, just for one fucking brief shining moment in time, be thrilled that we won, we won big, there weren't any serious gut-punching losses to take the fun out of this?


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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:42:43 AM PST

  •  I'm not sure what's stopping you. (4+ / 0-)
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    Remediator, vcmvo2, TLS66, Sharon Wraight

    I've been loving it since Tuesday night at 11:15 p.m.

    I'm still enjoying it now.

    I'll be enjoying it tomorrow, as well.

    If you're not enjoying this, you're just not trying.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:57:46 AM PST

  •  Next up at our house is to go see (2+ / 0-)
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    I love OCD, vcmvo2

    Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln in Spielberg's new film.  

    Opens nationally on the 16th.

  •  Yep! Agreed and done :) (3+ / 0-)
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    I love OCD, vcmvo2, ParkRanger

  •  Nice rant. (2+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2, ParkRanger

    He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

    by Sophie Amrain on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:58:26 PM PST

  •  NOOOO! LOL! (2+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2, ParkRanger

    Seriously, I have gone up and down the diaries today and after reading the titles, said to myself, "no thank you."  But I did read your diary.  ,)

    I'm damn well going to revel in our win for a good while.  I'm not going to listen to the TeeVee Buzz or the Buzz of negativity here.  Thanks for the rant!

    Now, to feed my birds, my squirrels and the few deer who have visited, today...

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:27:20 PM PST

  •  I am with this all the way! (2+ / 0-)
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    Remediator, ParkRanger

    Great diary! And one more request, can we fucking stop talking about the first debate loss?

    It's Nov. 11th and people are still flipping out about it!

    We kicked Lying Romney and Queen Ann's asses straight back to whichever house will comfort their delusions.

    Lying Ryan is not VP with his staged dish washing and stupid six pack pictures!

    No more lying at a pathological level, no more You People finger wagging from Ann! Good God we dodged one hell of a bullet. And Bibi Netanyahu looks like an ass! I mean he is an ass and clearly out of step with his Nation who didn't support his election interference.

    The world is relieved we didn't elect a warmongering idiot who thought Syria was Iran's path to the sea! And wanted to have Russia marked as our largest geo-political foe!

    Yes he really was that clueless and yet the Repub Party nominated him. Sheesh!

    I phonebanked, I cajoled others to vote for Obama, I donated and I know so many here did that and actually more than I did.

    So I'm celebrating this win. I'm celebrating finally getting rid of Rascal Bartlett in MD after trying for the last 17 years!

    So please don't crank up the criticism yet. Just have fun at the repubshambles!

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:50:18 PM PST

    •  It is also very cool that the Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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      are at work pointing fingers at each other.  Boehner will have a reduced number of nutbags to work with.  McConnell is actually two votes under what he had.  All the multi-millionaire GOP donors are fuming over wasting their money.  And none of the FOX or far-Right radio hosts can utter a peep about any big win.

      Closer than I'd have hoped for, but a win is a win, and this one is a biggie.

  •  I'm with you on this. I'm still fired up about (1+ / 0-)
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    this election.  We have a great opportunity to support efforts to counter voter suppression for future elections.  It raised it's ugly head and now we know where the suppressors are and how they do it.  There must have been over a million people who were denied their right to vote. How about making sure they are registered and continuing to register new voters.   President Obama created a huge momentum by his amazing campaign organization  and won a solid victory in the face of lying, cheating politicians with unlimited cash and a whole television network supporting them. There will be a lot of fallout from this.  What's going to happen with Fox News? The GOP? There is plenty to do to support programs that we like and work to do for 2014.

    As far as celebrating, as I visit here and look at the diaries listed it seems pretty typical of the spicy mix there was before the focus on the election.  There are other sites that have been more supportive of President Obama all along who talk about and celebrate his accomplishments. I think you would have to go there to experience folks who are really basking in this win.

    But I'll enjoy it with you. I am so damn glad and relieved he won!!!

    Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.~ Howard Zinn

    by ParkRanger on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:03:51 PM PST

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