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In the midst of all the rejoicing, kudos for those who ran and lost.

For those who, last year, when it all looked kind of hopeless, came forward for the Blue Team. And ran a classy race. Maybe they made a mistake or who, but who among us is perfect?

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We should cheer each and every person who steps forwards to run for Congress. Or dogcatcher, city clerk, or waste management board. Each and every person who smiled and kept their energy up through the Repugs sifting through their family history, slandering their military service and spreading libel about their deeply held positions.

We should do this even if they lose. Especially if they lose. We should honor our fallen, because if we do not, who will?

Already, I hear a little sniping, some blame-the-victim discussion. The idea is, since a lot of us won, those who did not must have done something wrong. This is nonsense. We should support each and every Democrat who steps forward to run for office- any office.

This does not mean we should not constructively criticize- but we need to do this in a way that supports, rather than tear down.

Us Democrats should not, ever, eat our young

Originally posted to la motocycliste on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 07:50 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  yep (4+ / 0-)


    You cannot win, if you are not willing to risk losing!

  •  Hear, hear! (3+ / 0-)
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    m3, daulton, Dreaming of Better Days

    They served us well. We should be just as proud of them as of the winners.

    Let em know how you feel.

  •  True. & every dollar we made the Repubes spend (3+ / 0-)
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    HStewart, sc kitty, BachFan

    ...fighting you, was a dollar they could not put to use for other nefarious purposes. Some of you took a bullet for the cause, but know ye that you helped the cause even if you lost.

  •  Bravo Scott Kleeb (2+ / 0-)
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    m3, daulton

    Thank you for running. At the very least, you clued a lot of us in to the beauty of western Nebraska. (And what a spacious district!)

    But, God, it would have been great to have a bullriding intellectual in the House.

  •  The best speech I heard by a Dem... (0+ / 0-)

    last night was Ford's.

    He was clearly done in by an overtly racist ad, but he didn't say a word about that. He just blamed the "process." That's class. And I'm sure it'll go a long way toward healing his state.

    Yeah, it was a bit too heavy on the God stuff for my taste, but that's who he is.

    I think we should jam his congressional office's phone lines with our praise and thanks.

  •  Call the people who ran (3+ / 0-)
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    sc kitty, BachFan, ActivistGuy

    I lost two years ago, and heard from so few people the next day, I was heartbroken.  Then the phone started ringing.  I even heard from a few lobbyists (you know the ones for social good with no money) who helped me get over the loss.

    In our society, losing is very hard.  Make it easier by calling them and thanking them.

    It will be hard to get candidates if we don't thank them.

    •  I was a Hill committee staffer in 94. (2+ / 0-)
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      m3, BachFan

      I'm not making this up, cross my heart. The first call I got the day after the tsunami was from a K-street type for whom I had done a number of favors.

      He asked me not to use him as a reference because word might get out that he'd associated with the Dems.

      Left me speechless.

    •  As old as the human race itself (1+ / 0-)
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      sc kitty

      Victory has 1000 fathers, defeat is always an orphan.

      I tend to pick the races I work on very meticulously, not so much for the prospects of winning, but for the content of the character of the candidate.  The person that I know I will be able to share either victory or defeat with, is the person that I will work for and with.

    •  your comment prompted me to ... (0+ / 0-)

      send a note to the candidate i wanted soooo badly to win, Lee was certainly a long shot, but i am proud of him and i would back him again if he decides to run for the seat again.  it takes courage to run as a democrat in this crazy state of South Carolina, and Lee has courage!

      and, boji...thank you!

      •  You don't know how much that means! (0+ / 0-)

        It is double hard to lose as an incumbant.  If you know someone who was a democrat who lost last night when everyone else was winning, it will be doubly hard.

        Stay with those people.  Critique the campaign for doing things better and try not to blame.

  •  it shouldn't be a thankless task (0+ / 0-)

    ...I'm going to take a few moments and go thank Angie Paccione and Tammy Duckworth. And send some encouragement to Larry Kissell, Dan Maffei, and Eric Massa, who are keeping up the good recount fight.

    If we eliminate the slippery slope argument, pretty soon we'll eliminate all argument and everybody will agree.

    by m3 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:18:54 AM PST

  •  I want to give a special thanks... (3+ / 0-) our own Brian Keeler.

    Brian, I and the rest of the community are very proud of you.  Thank you for your hard work, and to everyone who did their part working for Brian.

    The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

    by Jay Elias on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:21:13 AM PST

  •  A shout out to Dr. Jim Corwin, MD-1st! (0+ / 0-)

    He carried the flag in a battle which was seen as a lost cause against Wayne Gilchrest, (who can be a good guy, but was four years too late in expressing the need for asking questions about Iraq.)

    This election has set the bar higher for all future House races. As the electorate comes once again to expect honorable behavior and just performance from its representatives,  it will be harder for unreconstructed Republicans to win, with more GOP seats becoming leaners.

    I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

    by labradog on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:32:07 AM PST

  •  Many thanks to Charlie Brown (0+ / 0-)

    We hope to see you soon!

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