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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-01-10 11:43 AM
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12. Thanks for thinking about this in advance.
I've been thinking about it, too, and have made a firm decision. I'm going to stay completely away from any fighting over these results. They will be whatever they are. I can't do anything about the results after the polls close, so the end of this election begins an entirely new period, as far as I'm concerned.

My comments on Wednesday are going to be about the victories, not the defeats. I'm going to try very hard to focus on whatever positive results come out of the elections. Then, after a bit of time goes by, I'll be interested in talking about real things we can do to repair any damage the election has caused.

I've been out trying to GOTV in the past couple of months. I think I've been successful, but I live in a strongly Democratic district and precinct. I know that many other DUers have also been out trying to get people to the polls to vote for Democrats in Congressional races, Senate races, and state and local elections as well. A lot of work has gone into these efforts and everyone who participated is due a big round of applause. Recriminations aren't really the appropriate response for those people who have worked hard on campaigns.

I'm an optimist, but not a blind one. It's clear that there are going to be disappointments, along with some surprising victories, I hope. It's going to take some time to sort things out, figure out the reasons for both, and see how the lessons can be translated into future victories. So, a bit of thinking time will probably be more useful than a bunch of arguments.

If we give it a few days before resuming the usual battles, I think it would give us all a chance to digest whatever results we end up with. So, I'm pledging to do just that and to keep negative thoughts and frustrations to myself for a while. It'll probably be better for my blood pressure, too.
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