Thursday, November 04, 2004

Further comments on the election and what went wrong

I notice someone commented on my previous post--everyone should read this comment as it sums up pretty well what Democrats, liberals and progressives are up against. Recalling over the past four years, a lot of us have made the assumption that since the 2000 election was so screwed up, that all it would take was a legitimate election, especially after four years of Bush idiocy, and people would naturally vote him out of office.

I realize that there is a lot of seniment that the vote counts in Ohio and Florida were tampered with, and I find these very plausible. In fact, I agree with them completely. Black box voting needs to be illegal. Ballots need to be treated as if they were $100 bills--the level of accountability in ballot handling in this country is a joke.

But the other key point in this election is that, even discounting any possible fraud, there are a lot of people out there who genuinely believe that Bush is the better choice, and we have totally failed to reach these people. Yes, part of the problem may have been the choice of nominee. But the main thing is that the message is not getting out. We know we are right, but the right wing also knows that they are right. This is a war of ideas, and so far, we are losing.


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