I share the disappointment of many with the outcome of the election. I have the distinct feeling that I, like many of us, will continue to say "I told you so" as the consequences of electing this poor government are borne out again and again. I think that the good things in the voting--youth turnout, core left constituency turnout, moderate voter split--were overshadowed by the tremendous and impressive turnout of the far-right base of the Republican Party. It's hard for me to believe that the majority of our country strays so far from progressive government. Already I see the first signs of the traditional voices of criticism that accompanies this type of loss, including the puzzling and inaccurate argument that some metaphysical shortcoming of the minority party leads to a corporate guilt for the sins of the majority.
In 2000, I felt angry with the Gore campaign. I felt that Gore ran a very flawed campaign. I do not feel this kind of anger today. I felt that the Democrats ran the best they could with the candidate they had. He just proved not to be the candidate the majority wanted. The problem in this country is that the southern and plains regions of the country are just so rightward-entrenched.
It's galling that a margin of less than 200,000 votes across two elections will have led us to eight years of miserable government.