No, I haven’t lost my mind in a grave depression (although my best friend does work for a psychiatric hospital & she offered me a bed in her unit for the night) or jumped to the other side. However, I do want to express my congratulations to the Obama/Biden campaign and the Democratic candidates in general.
I spent my day phone banking up in Boston at both the MassGOP & McCain-Palin HQs and then it was off to Jeff Beatty’s event at night. I spent 2 months running McCain phone banks. Well, it’s obvious that I am not thrilled, much less satisfied, with tonight’s results. I’m sure there will be much gloating, screaming, whining & moaning but now, for me, it’s simply time for congratulations and best wishes.
No, that doesn’t mean I’m going away, resigning my party post, & changing my affiliation. No, far, far from it! My head is bloodied but unbowed. However, both President-elect Barack Obama and John McCain have issued calls for bipartisanship over division and well in that spirit, let me just say that when Obama/Biden, et al do something right… I’ll be there in support. When they do something wrong, I’ll do my best to hold them accountable. However, it doesn’t do anyone any good to engage in sour grapes & cry over spilt milk. We lost tonight, we were out fought, but we’ll be back. Tonight it’s time to accept things with grace and dignity. Now, it is time to rest after a long, hard fought battle. Tomorrow, well it will be time to regroup, reassess, rededicate, and rebuild.
I’m proud to be a Republican. I’m proud to be a conservative. I’m proud to be an American.
Congratulations & God bless!
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910