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Between nerves and a nasty cold (my 3-year-old just started preschool and he brings home a new bug every day), I haven't slept much the past week. Or last night. And as you guys have noticed, my mistakes have gotten worse and worse. I need to recharge, and will take the rest of this afternoon off. I'll be back in full force tomorrow, and I've got a TON to write about. I just need to be more coherent about what I write.

But one last thought about this race.

We won, and won big. Not only did we take the Senate, take the House, and destroyed Republicans at the state legislative level, but we didn't lose a single senate seat, we didn't lose any House seats, we didn't lose any governorships, we didn't lose any state legislatures. It was a rout of epic proportions.

And yet I'm still sad.

Over the last year, I became emotionally vested in so many great candidates -- Lamont, Fawcett, Kleeb, Grant, and so many others -- that I've taken their losses fairly hard. These were all long-shot races, and they all moved mountains to make their races competitive in tough districts, so I didn't expect any different results. And we won so many of those so-called hopeless races that I should be in cloud nine.

Perhaps it's because I'm so emotionally worn out, but I'm dwelling on those who couldn't pull off the big shocker upset victories.

And while I should be celebrating our victories, instead I'm obsessing over how we can put these guys over the hump in 2008. We made those Red districts a little less Red. How do we continue to move them in our direction?

How do we build a movement that can support so many of these great people without worrying about whether the establishment will step in? How do we get more regular people in the House and Senate? How can we better hold incumbents accountable for their lack of performance?

We made great strides, but I'm not satisfied. If I'm looking for the perfect results, perhaps I shouldn't be in politics. But we have far to go. And I won't be satisfied until our best candidates have a serious, fighting chance, in every district around the country.

Perhaps I'll be in a better mood once I get some sleep. But for now, I never would've imagined I'd be a little depressed despite the massive victory we just helped deliver.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28 PM PST.

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  •  we lost a lot of close ones in the House, BUT... (21+ / 0-)

    we won the close ones in the Senate.  Which more than makes up for it.

    Use your green to turn New England blue! Donate here.

    by jab on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:26:31 PM PST

    •  I still wanted Trauner, Kleeb and Lamont to win. (19+ / 0-)

      really a whole lot.  and Brian Keeler.  And Eric Massa.  And Charlie Brown.  And John Laesch.  

      I felt the same way when I found out that Andy Luger, the endorsed candidate to replace Amy Klobuchar for Hennepin County Attorney, was beaten by a guy I didn't like so much.  Bugged me more than not winning the Gov. here in MN.  When my neighbor knocked on my door to tell me they'd made an overhead announcement at the Seward Co-op that Rummy resigned, I told her that I'd seen "perfect is the enemy of better" a bunch of times.  I know it's true, but I'm still a little disappointed Andy lost.  

      I know.  We "thumped" Bush.  We all did it.  still...

      Our health... is an integral part of society [and] to the future of this country and to not make an investment in that is crazy. -- Michael J Fox -7.63/-6.41

      by vome minnesota on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:37:00 PM PST

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      •  Oh yes .... (10+ / 0-)

        What a joy it would have been for all of these (and others) that I invested in ....

        But, for example, John Laesch ... Wonderful guy ... and the Page scandal certainly made it seem like there was a real possibility that the district might turn over a new page ... but John kept (at least prior to the Page scandal's start) Dennis in district rather than running around the country. John helped the nation by forcing Denny to fight defense and focus on that district.  John served the nation with that fight -- and recognizes that, I believe.  Now, I would have loved to see him in the House and Denny into retirement but ... I thank John for his service to the nation.

        •  Laesch did extremely well (5+ / 0-)

          According to the Sun Times, John's very cheap campaign (probably $300k when all is said and done) got the same number of votes as Tammy Duckworth did, and got more than Dan Seals or Melissa Bean.  Each of these candidates got DCCC support, some got campaign support from the likes of Obama and Durbin, DFA national endorsements, and/or netroots endorsements.

          And in terms of sheer number of votes Laesch got as many, or more votes than each of them.  Sun Times numbers:

          Duckworth: 77,222
          Laesch: 77,065

          Bean: 72,370

          Seals: 66,162

          Now John's district is bigger, but he also had just about the biggest incumbency factor out there.  John did extremely well considering his resources, and got some amazing name recognition out of it.  That bodes extremely well for the future, in my view.  If he can get access to some of the assets his co-candidates got, the seat will be his.

          Impeachment begins in the House.

          by raisin on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:21:36 PM PST

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          •  I've been afraid to look that close. (0+ / 0-)

            I really thought that this was John's election.  But then two things happened.  Denny woke up, went around with his bag of pork, and motivated a lot of voters.  Then went sent out a card to Senior citizens.  They didn't like it.  They've been sharing that with me today, more times than I care to count.

            John Laesch - soooo much better than the other guy

            by llbear on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 05:50:30 PM PST

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      •  Many of these people... (24+ / 0-)

        were rookies without ANY name recognition.  The American political landscape is paved with people who became stars even though they lost their first elections.  

        These people are not losers.  These people are the future.  If they have the stomache for it...I bet we'll see many of them again.  If nothing else, they were as instrumental in this victory as the one's who went over the top.  They engaged the rethugs' resources...they parried their talking points...and they gave the Dem party a presence in locales where it has been sorely missing for a long, long while.  Not no more.  For sure, there's a gut-wrench BUT the overall victory is SO worth it.

        Besides...we have to have people ready to come forward to take on some of those DINOs in 2008.

        "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

        by mayan on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:45:45 PM PST

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        •  BILL WINTER Deserve Mega-Props Here (11+ / 0-)

          IMHO--he blogged here regularly and from the heart.  A tough Fighting Dem, he took on the Country's Biggest Hater in the reddest of districts.  He made him stay home when he wanted to crusade against immigrants all over the country, and he fought one helluva fight!!!

          He was principled, strong, compassionate, and I, for one, hope he'll go back after Terrible Tom Tancredo two years from now.  Tancredo is talking about running for Prez (?!), so who knows.  

          Regardless, I simultaneously met a friend and a hero on these pages, and I wish Bill well--he's a real champion!!!!!

          •  Yeah... (5+ / 0-)

            I hear ya.  I think many of these people will become stars.  

            Plus! Psssst...shhhhh! Don't forget there are any number of corruption investigations going on and a few of the re-elected incumbents may end up on the wrong end of a grand jury.  IF the governor is blue...and if the state laws allow...that governor could be in the position of picking some of these ripened stars for interim electoral positions.  (Maybe I'm dreaming...but then again maybe all of this is a dream.  I wouldn't know...haven't slept in quite a while.)

            "We're all working for the Pharoah" - Richard Thompson

            by mayan on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:05:25 PM PST

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        •  These folks feel far worse today than kos does (5+ / 0-)

          And we should remember that we owe something to them, for by waging strong campaigns, they helped others to wage theirs.  If the party doesn't, we should certainly try to keep those who lost involved in the netroots' activities and make use of their experience (many of them lost narrowly, after all) in future races.  

      •  The problem is endless triangulating stupidity! (6+ / 0-)

        The triangulating Dems and media talking heads are now back in force talking about how great it is that "bi-partisanship" is now back and "Lamontism" was defeated at this election.

        The firing of Rumsfeld obviously had nothing directly to do with the election. After the open revolt of the generals and the article in Army Times calling for Rumsfeld's head, it became blindly clear that Rumsfeld had totally lost the confidence of the military leaders and had to go.

        Clearly the President reached that decision some time ago, since he had the replacement all picked out and ready to go immediately. They just delayed the announcement until after the election in order not to depress the base who were calling Democrats "cut-and-run cowards, etc."

        So now Democrats will be filled with the swill of "bi-partisanship" and reaching out to Republicans to find a solution to the war, etc.

        And Republicans will totally roll them again. These fools never learn anything. They're like a mark who's been rolled in a 3-card monte game, but keeps coming back day after day to "try his luck again."

        Fortunately, the veneer of bi-partisanship will quickly wear off after Dems realize that they are just being promoted as window dressing for Bush's All NEW -- NO REALLY DIFFERENT -- WE'RE CHANGING COURSE!!! (and shush keep this under your hat -- the new course is "stay the course until victory").

        So, now Democratic Congressmen get to be the human shields for Bush's failed war.

        Suckas!!!!

        •  Lay off the bong. (0+ / 0-)

          Democrats: Putting Intelligence Back Into National Security

          by Robert Davies on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:36:57 PM PST

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        •  Depressing (1+ / 0-)
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          Heart of the Rockies

          but true. Lieberman made "bipartisanship" the ugliest word in politics. I pray that everyone -- and especially Pelosi -- forgets they ever uttered such an obscenity long before January 2007.

        •  Well... (3+ / 0-)

          I've done a lot of thinking about this very issue.  Being in CT and being a Lamont voter, it's kind of a deviation from my normal routine.  I tend to think very strategically about my vote and I knew that Lamont was a long shot, but was cautiously optimistic.

          But the conclusion I came to was that clearly the party was headed in something of a wrong direction.    What did we achieve with a Lamont primary win and with Lamont running the election as the democratic pick?  We sent a powerful message.  We said "If you're a democrat and you back the White House, we're going to do what we can to send you home."  That had a ripple effect.  It changed the tone.  Our little local primary became a national event, and democrats started to talk a little bit more toughly, and were a little more critical than they were before.

          Did bi-partisanship win yesterday?  I'm not convinced it did.  It was the Republicans, some Independents, and certain unions that primarily voted for Lieberman.  The democratic vote for Lamont was more significant than it was in the primary.

          Ultimately, looking at the race as black and white is spin, and spin will always be spin.

          What were the democrats doing before?  Some were fighting, but many were just trying to stay alive in the belief that doing so would be the safest strategy.  We didn't win yesterday by being safe... we won because people like Ned Lamont had the balls to show the rest of the candidates that you can get traction off of conflict and talking tough... the spin will be the spin... we just have to counter it and hope they get the point.  

          The alternative was a clear Lieberman win and that resulted in the same end...

      •  trauner lost? (2+ / 0-)
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        Heart of the Rockies, MO Blue

        it was extremely close - in recount territory when i saw last???

        I thought it was still being counted...

      •  By the way ... (3+ / 0-)

        Trauner ... Laesch ... I am trying to figure out whether I am proud or horribly upset that the majority of people I donated to are not going to in Congress come January.

        But, I know that donating (early) to candidates like John and Nancy Skinner and others was a very (sadly, VERY) tiny part of the enabling of the 50-state strategy (along with my Democracy Bond). I helped them keep slime like Hastert on the defensive.

        PS:  I join Massa in not yet conceding ... fingers remain crossed as I understand Eric has not yet conceded ...  Thus, I'm hoping that that donation recipient is in Congress come January.  

        •  Three of my main four (2+ / 0-)
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          besieged by bush, vome minnesota

          targets succeeded -- only Charlie Brown in CA lost to Doolittle (if that ain't an appropriate name for a Republican, I'm confused...). I got Pat Murphy in PA (balances out the Casey election), McCaskill in MO (tip o' the nib to my Missouri homies!), and McNerney in CA (love that he pounded Pombo!).

          Donated a few dollars to assorted other folks, but these were the four races I was targeting...

          -- "...the worst Presidency since James Buchanan..." -- KO, 9/25/06

          by Cali Scribe on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:35:07 PM PST

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          •  McNearney ... (2+ / 0-)
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            ABB, vome minnesota

            along with Webb and control of House/Senate, my biggest YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

            I was in an international meeting with over 100 people in the room, looking at my Blackberry trying to sneak in election results, when I finally saw Jerry's numbers.  All 100 people look over as I failed (couldn't) control my "YESSSSSSSS!!!!"

            And, I also donated to Charlie ... and regret that he isn't in ...

            But, I played my variant of "net roots" and principally contributed to net roots who were lower on the funding stream and to long-shot candidates who I valued for a number of reasons. For example, very long-shot George Ankrum was an early sign on to Energize America and would have made a wonderful addition to Congress (along with Jerry) to help move the nation / world toward a more sustainable and prosperous energy future.

            But, while I wish more had won, I am glad that I made the $ (and some time) investments to enable those who put their lives / time on the line to take on Republicans across the nation.

      •  NY Bri lost? I didn't see that last night! (0+ / 0-)

        Well, he can run again too, now that he has the name recognition.

        Please don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.  Enjoy this day.  We've worked hard for it.

        Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. TESTER WON, WEBB WON, DEMOCRATS CONTROL BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS!

        by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:35:05 PM PST

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    •  Interestingly, (4+ / 0-)

      we won a lot of "second and third tier" races in Dem-leaning or neutral territory and lost a lot of "top tier" races in GOP territory.  Which makes sense, given that it was such a nationalized election.  We had stronger candidates in places like NE-03, CO-05, and ID-01, hell, even in KY-04, FL-13, IL-06, and MN-06.  It didn't matter.  The R districts picked Rs.  On the other hand, we won in NH-01, NH-02, IA-02, and KY-03 despite not having "top tier" challengers to established GOP incumbents because the D districts picked Ds.

      Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire -8.25, -6.51

      by Superribbie on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:43:03 PM PST

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    •  Even victory (2+ / 0-)
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      Autarkh, flumptytail

      has casualties,but on the upside,many of the races will be succesful next time. And they most certainly played a very vital role in the victory while vindicating the 50 State Strategy. Each and every one of the losing candidates forced the GOP to spreads recources around,limiting their ability to focus and diminishing their overall strength. Think of them as a breakwater that dissapated the Republican wave and prevented it from being anything but a ripple.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:45:59 PM PST

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    •  KOS GO GET SOME SLEEP!!!!!!!!! (14+ / 0-)

      Believe me it will do wonders.  And so will waking up to your little wonders - both the little lives you are nuturing, and the changes you are nurturing in our country.

      Sleep will bring some perspective, and so will a little time with your family.  Take a break and enjoy!

      And Kos - thank you - from all of us.

      •  Best health advice I have read so far on this (1+ / 0-)
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        fahrenheit2200

        thread.  Rest, a hot shower (or a soak in a hot tub), a back rub and a favorite non-alcoholic drink will cure a wealth of ills in an otherwise healthy body.  

        Health care for people, not for profit.

        by bloomer 101 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:12:46 PM PST

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      •  I felt sad this morning too (0+ / 0-)

        and that too was probably sleep deprivation, and I, too, feel better for having taken the day off.

        (no, I didn't pull a sickie, I booked it over a week ago, and not because of the election either, that was just a lucky side effect)

        I'm very sorry about Lamont, and all the otheres whose names weve been hearing, who tried so hard.

        But the Republicans managed to move about 12% of the house in 1994, and never did it again, while the Democrats moved 8% of the House this time, and I see no reason why they can't move another 6-8% in 2008. Ditto for the Senate, they should be able to move, in the eighth year of a Republican Presidency, most of the distance they were able to move in the sixth year, especially when that sixth year flipped the majorities and so put the levers of power in tehir hands.

  •  Night, night... (6+ / 0-)
    Sleep tight.

    Former independent turned committed progressive.

    by bobcatgrad on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:26:34 PM PST

  •  Ya done good, KOS (31+ / 0-)

    a little post-coital letdown is understandable.

    Get some rest, take some vitamin C and zinc, and get plenty of fluids.

    We love you.
    •  Give the main-KOS-man More Cowbell, People! (14+ / 0-)


      Pronto!
      Let's get animated!

      Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

      by ornerydad on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:33:39 PM PST

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    •  I was thinking post-partum depression. (14+ / 0-)

      Maybe Kos could use just a leetle bit of maternity leave before getting us all in a family way again with 2008.

      •  The baby is so beautiful, why am I so let down? (7+ / 0-)

        This is classic. This election, like childbirth, required every last ounce of physical, mental and spiritual effort.  Pushing oneself beyond what seems possible leaves one euphoric but also spent and strangely let down. Fatigue will do this to you.  And as difficult as childbirth can be, it is not as difficult as meeting the daily needs and demands of a small child.  We shall see if this new Democratic Congress is "easy to love" or "challenging".  For now lets all be grateful that the mother and baby are healthy and count our blessings.

        •  As usual, kossians are on their marks (5+ / 0-)

          That was my first reaction, post-partum depression. The progressive movement has just given birth to itself on a national stage. The pregnancy was long and filled with complications, but it was full-term and successful. The beautiful new Democratic Party that was birthed is alive and well.

          There is always a desire to see the ends we want our new Congress to accomplish already enacted. That is part of what drove us, we have the vision thing. But politics is the art of the possible, and the possible takes awhile to accomplish, given the drag placed on resources like our economy and our military by the bushites.

          Their race is run. We won. Policy will change as of today. To accomplish this has been exhausting. Many of us have written, campaigned, phoned, and worn ourselves into the ground. But as of today, all that effort has proven worthwhile, and a new Democratic Congress has been accomplished.

          Now as to getting them off their butts and acting in concert with our policy goals........we had all better rest up and enter the fray ASAP. Republican lite is no way to honor this victory.

          Reforms Come From Below. No One With Four Aces Howls for a New Deal.

          by 4Freedom on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:33:27 PM PST

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          •  Course, it's a little annoying (7+ / 0-)

            that Rahm Emanuel busted into the delivery room, elbowed the midwives and father aside, and took credit for not only the delivery but the paternity of the child.

            Next he'll present us with a bill for childbirthing expenses and demand custody.

            He's next. I want him completely neutralized, along with all his lieutenants, for pissing on our victory parade. Bastard.

            Pelosi to the Ringwrath Rumsfield: I AM NO MAN!!!

            by Sharoney on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:49:02 PM PST

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            •  That's it - Rahm & his ilk have to be contained (3+ / 0-)

              before they think they are the genie in the bottle ready to burst forth and wreak their version of election magic.

              It's not just the parade pissing to avert, it's the frame we don't want to live with. He & the DCCC threw in their skimpy, tardy bouquets a little late in the game to garner many creds.

              Many in this bunch are the career politicians to whom DC is both a present livelihood and a future gateway to post-Congressional wealth via careers in the private sector. These are not individuals with careers dedicated to public service. They need to be targeted and their leadership roles minimized.

              This could make for some interesting times.

              Reforms Come From Below. No One With Four Aces Howls for a New Deal.

              by 4Freedom on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:12:30 PM PST

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      •  I agree and want to thank "mother" Kos (1+ / 0-)
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        Stange thinking of you that way Kos particularly when you are decades younger than me (and male to boot) but you have nutured us all through some of the worst years of our lives. When I jumped over here from DFA I was and have been in so much despair and now we have our victories. WE will never forgot your leadership Kos and I for one want to thank you and all of you here in what I call my "sane asylum" for helping me survive this painful experience.
        I was up all night last night watching Testors margin going down and only now am I having my third martini and loving every moment. I agree with you Kos that our work continues but for now I say:

        GET SOME REST AND CHEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRSS!!!!!!!!!!
        Doc Allen

        I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

        by Doc Allen on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:53:17 PM PST

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  •  Thanks Kos, (22+ / 0-)

    alot of us feel that way, Lots of work still to be done.

    Thanks for the American dream, To vulgarize and to falsify until the bare lies shine through. -william s. burroughs-

    by TheGardener on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:26:43 PM PST

  •  Feel better Kos, (8+ / 0-)

    I'll do enough celebrating for the both of us...

    This is a beautiful day.

    by Five of Diamonds on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:26:59 PM PST

  •  Take heart - the world is changing for the better (13+ / 0-)

    and the grassroots/netroots deserve more than a little thanks.

    Great work. Be proud. Rest up. Carry on.

  •  I understand (12+ / 0-)

    I feel "worried" myself. Like..I worry that the Dems will blow this momentum. Will they lead well? Will they become corrupt themselves? Will they bicker among themselves? Will they abandon the folks in America who need them the most? Will they learn to fight back effectively against the Repubs and the media?

    I honestly don't know.

    Whackos get their info thru the Christian right. We'll bring them out to vote against something and make sure the public lets the whole thing slip past them.

    by chemsmith on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:27:25 PM PST

  •  Montana legislature still in doubt. (3+ / 0-)
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    Control of both the Senate and House are still undecided.

  •  Lamont is a hard pill to swallow. (35+ / 0-)

    Lieberman makes me want to kak.  I really wanted to oust him, but it was just not in the cards.

    Those close House races we lost are really painful, especially in a "wave" election like this.  But realisitically, you can't win them all, so we should be absolutely giddy at what we did win.  I know I am.

  •  Part of what we do is how we govern. (32+ / 0-)
    1.  Bring this nasty war to a conclusion that is acceptable to the broadest number of people, and do it quickly.
    1.  Address global warming.
    1.  Fix this broken voting process.
    1.  Eliminate the "robo-call" dirty campaign tricks, all of them.  The disenfranchisement, all of it.
    1.  Stamp out corruption in Washington.
    1.  Get the deficit under control.

    We do these things, and the people will love us.

    •  How do we get more regular folks in Congress? (11+ / 0-)

      Public financing of campaigns.  When we've all recovered a bit, I hope this community can thrash out its feelings and map a way forward.  When push comes to shove, more conservative, more corporate interests will always have the money edge, notwithstanding our individual contributions this cycle.

      Congratulations on a seminal internet moment, Markos.  I think the progressive blogs and utilization of YouTube were every bit as important to '06 as television was to the Kennedy-Nixon debates.  There'll be no going back in this medium.

      •  Electing the Larry Kissells (0+ / 0-)

        Larry ran a superb race (and I haven't totally given up yet), but fell less than 500 votes short at this point.  He showed initiative, creativity (the half-price gas  sale stunt was pure genius), and put together a great and dedicated team of grassroots and netroots supporters.He did everthing right, but being a former textile worker turned teacher he sure wasn't going to be a self-funder, and he didn't have a rolodex full of rich friends.  

        We need a netroots equivalent of liberation theology's "preferential option for the poor":  a commitment to helping regular working people get elected that may at times take precedence over going with a likely winner.  As long as Congress is essentially a millionaires' club, we the people will never be represented in any true meaning of the term.  How do we get more regular folks in Congress?  How do we elect dozens of Larry Kissells?  We need to commit to them, early, substantively, and preferentially.    

    •  Definately (1+ / 0-)
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      DCDemocrat
    •  Add universal health care to that list!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      DCDemocrat

      It has to happen - now

  •  PESD (11+ / 0-)

    Post Election Stress Syndrome. You'll feel better after you sleep

  •  We Need to Govern the RedStaters as Well (23+ / 0-)

    I'm not calling for bipartisanship; just a recognition that they deserve to live in a nation of justice and laws.

    Even though they, themselves tried to make it a nightmarish plutocracy.

    Let's do what Bush didn't do. Let's reinvigorate the respect for the founding principles of this nation.

    After we throw a few of the slimebags in Leavenworth and send a few over to the Hague.

    Godspeed and Good Luck.

    "[T]hat I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake."

    by Heronymous Cowherd on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:27:48 PM PST

    •  Amen (10+ / 0-)

      Yes! Down with the tyrants and plutocrats. Here's a to   a government that fairly serves all Americans, not just the rich. Not just corporations. Everyone.

    •  Modest legislating, aggressive oversight (1+ / 0-)
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      The failure of many state-wide referendums on gay-marriage/ civil unions shows that the American Taliban is still a major elecotral force.  The corruption theme was the issue that divided their votes, which explains Democratic gains in the face of unanimous disapproval of gay marriage.

      The message in 2008 should show modest but meaningful legislation on minimum wage, Medicare, immigration, global warming, to portray the Democrats as the "grown-ups".

      Agressive oversight will keep GOP corruption in the media and sear in people's minds what the GOP is all about.  This will continue to fracture the American Taliban.  There is plenty left in the Abramoff story, Foley, Iraq war profiteering, pre-war lies, etc., to garner a headline every night until the first Tuesday in November, 2008.

  •  I tend to agree. (14+ / 0-)

    I'm heartbroken over Kleeb, Lamont, etc.  Upon hearing of Rumsfeld's resignation, I am thrilled, but I still feel a certain distrust...like the R's have screwed us for so long, I'm brainwashed into thinking they'll probably find a way to screw us on this, too.  

    I think there is a phenomenon of delay at work here.  You know the phrase, "It just hasn't sunk in yet."  But it will.

    I am so happy that I am stunned!

  •  It happens (23+ / 0-)

    Sometimes the emotional rollercoaster leaves you feeling depressed, even when the results are positive.

    Call it the political equivalent of post-partum depression.

    But the bottom line is that the political environment has already shifted... those "long shotters", if they stick it out and run again in 2 years will have a much better shot.

    Thanks for you have done Kos.  As someone without a television I was glued here all night last night, and so grateful for it.

    Take a break, we'll keep the home fires burning till you get back.

    "now my foes tell me plainly I am an ass: so that by my foes, sir I profit in the knowledge of myself"

    by looty on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:27:54 PM PST

  •  Rest and be well, Markos, there's plenty (12+ / 0-)

    of time to find those solutions. You have made a spectacular contribution to correcting the direction of this country.

  •  Wake up with Optimism, Kos ! (10+ / 0-)

    Your caution and avoidance of pre-jubilation was understandable. We've been let down for so long we all forgot what victory feels like, but we sure as hell got used to the sting of loss.

    You didn't want another letdown of epic proportion.

    But dammit, man! We didn't just win - we destroyed the Republican Party Bullshit Machine. We gave Rummy the sack! We made Bush crawl to Pelosi and Reid, hat in hand, begging.

    So get some rest, and get to work. We'll get Lamont and company back in the game.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

    by The Raven on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28:07 PM PST

  •  I feel you... (8+ / 0-)

    I'm happy about the wins, but the losses still hurt.

    "Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism." - Mayor Rocky Anderson

    by geejay on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28:08 PM PST

  •  have a good day (4+ / 0-)
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    and thanks for everything.

  •  Chill, dude! There's ALWAYS more to do (3+ / 0-)
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    It's not like we got wiped out or anything. Let's just keep at it.

    "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

    by Ivan on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28:23 PM PST

  •  The feeling on the ground in WA-05 (12+ / 0-)
    Bittersweet.

    That would be accurate. In Whitman County, one of the only counties in Washington State not to have any local elected Democrats it appears we will lose all of our local races.

    There are still a lot of ballots left to count, but the margins are large enough that it would take a big flip to win.

    Thanks to everyone's support. We did accomplish something big though: Maria Cantwell won Whitman County. That normally wouldn't happen.

    After this week it's back to building our infrastructure. Be on the look out for wins along the 117th West meridian in 2 years.

  •  My endorphines are gone to (6+ / 0-)

    but im still on cloud nine.

    its crazy.

    Congratulations and THANK YOU to everyone in this movement.

    We have "enabled the world to be saved" as my roomate said.

    "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

    by faithfull on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28:37 PM PST

  •  awww (28+ / 0-)

    Buck up Kos, Pombo just got buried, right in your backyard, by the netroots-backed, DCCC-opposed candidate, with the help of thousands of volunteers organized right here on your site.  It's a big victory for this community.

  •  Feel Better (7+ / 0-)

    My wife's a teacher. Trust me, from what she brings home, you'll be glad in the future from the strength your boy gives to your immune systom.

    When you come back, can we talk about how the Media is not covering the powerful impact of your growing movement?

    God bless, you have made me a believer!

    :)

    :::

    "Let's put a shoe in there!" ~ Haywood Nelson

    by nowheredesign on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28:43 PM PST

  •  It is always like that after any (6+ / 0-)

    emotionally charged activity wraps up.  You are left with a sort of, well what do I do now feeling.  Like something is now missing.

  •  my twins started pre-school, too (7+ / 0-)

    and we've been sick since the second week in September.  It's miserable.

    I hope you remember that many if not most of the candidates which were daily kos supported yet still lost have great futures ahead of them precisely BECAUSE they made lost causes competitive.

    Lots of V8 and juices help me....

    Blogatha! The political, the personal. Not necessarily in that order.

    by ksh01 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28:48 PM PST

  •  If I had 1000 votes (8+ / 0-)

    I'd give 800 to Kissell to push him over the top and 200 to Courtney to shore up his tiny lead.  Kissell ran such an inspiring campaign, it will be really sad if the headline he used in his campaign mailers comes to pass.

  •  Rest up, kos (3+ / 0-)
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    It'll all still be there waiting for you when you're bushy-tailed again.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:28:54 PM PST

  •  I am a Cubs fan (10+ / 0-)

    so are you.  Enjoy this one, we can go back to being our pessimistic selves tomorrow.  This is how it feels to win and it is a lot better than losing.  Today we celebrate, tomorrow we get back to work.

  •  Keep your trophy! We'll see you next year! (8+ / 0-)

    I was at Webb's victory party last night in Virginia, and Andrew Hurst, a Dem who ran a good campaign for VA-11, gave his concession speech.   He quoted a line from "The Bad News Bears", after Walter Matthau gets a little trophy for coming in second.   He throws it back and says "Keep your trophy!  We'll see you next year!"

    I agree - for all the great candidates that didn't quite pull it off - we'll be back for you next year - because it ain't over by a long shot.

  •  Sleep will make all the difference. (5+ / 0-)

    We done good.

    Rick
    -7.75 -6.05
    Fox News - We Distort, You Deride

    by rick on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:29:12 PM PST

  •  I feel you (8+ / 0-)

    "Perhaps it's because I'm so emotionally worn out, but I'm dwelling on those who couldn't pull off the big shocker upset victories."

    R.I.P. -The Larry Grant Campaign
          -Peter Goldmark Campaign
         

    come on trauner...make my day

    www.lovecraftbiofuels.com drive your car for free!

    by ucla grad102 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:29:22 PM PST

  •  Well if your leaving (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm leaving .
    See ya latter .
    You da Best !

  •  Im Sad Too (10+ / 0-)

    The loss of Lamont especially, but also Lois Murphy, Diane Farrell, Charlie Brown, Fawcett, Grant, Kilroy, and yes, even Harold Ford stings hard.

    It's not just because those candidates were unique, because 99% of the candidates we fielded were.  Instead, they are a small handful, of whom Lamont is the clearest example with Tester as a second, who truly befriended the community and understood our values, who fought fights with near impossible odds at times because its the right thing to do.  To know that and see Joe Lieberman, or Shays, or Lamborn, or Sali smiling in victory, preparing to return/go to Washington and act in horrible horrible ways stings.  These were people who really could (and still can) change the world, and the Congress is far, far weaker for them not being in it.

  •  You Deserve It (4+ / 0-)
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    No one keeps up the pace and the puches like you, Kos. You deserve some downtime. Get some rest!

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -- Voltaire

    by jetskreemr on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:29:33 PM PST

  •  Take a Break (5+ / 0-)

    You've moved mountains.  DailyKos --for all its imperfections-- has been a critical fulcrum with which this election was won.  It's an amazing achievement.

    You done good.  Get some sleep and thanks for all of it.

  •  Kos (7+ / 0-)

    as you said so often during the campaign, this was the beginning step. You warned us against complacency, you warned us that it might not happen all at once, least of all overnight. You said it was the first step in a long series of steps to bring our country back.

    Thanks to you, many won who would likely not have won. You have the ability and the talent, and I believe, the desire, to keep this movement alive long after this election is over and the new Dems are sworn in.

    There were many good candidates who fought hard. If they are willing, we will be willing to fight for them another day.

    For now, rest, soak in the victory, and then we'll get back to the work at hand. If these folks stay engaged in the process (rather than just disappearing) it will be better for them and more motivating for us in 2008.

    Keep up the good work, be good to yourself, and keep the faith. We are not done.

    "Fool me once, shame on -- shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --George W. Bush

    by RevJoe on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:29:41 PM PST

  •  sad (12+ / 0-)

    I feel the same way. For me losing Lamont and Angie Paccione in Colorado hurts bad. It makes it hard to be happy and celebrate our other great victories.

    I worked from 6AM to 8PM yesterday as an election judge. I've been telling myself I'm just tired.

    CO-04: Say no to bigots in Congress like Marilyn Musgrave.

    by OLinda on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:29:46 PM PST

  •  Post-partum depression (4+ / 0-)

    It's post-partum depression, as the Democrats help birth a new political landscape.

    After years as a Green, I have just sent my county Supervisor of Elections a request to change my party affiliation to Democrat.

    Forward, together.

  •  Thank you Kos (3+ / 0-)
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    And i understand exactly how you feel. Exactly. And thank you for writing it so well. Take some time to feel better. And hey, lets turn these blood red districts and beautiful shade of purple.

  •  You rock, man. (5+ / 0-)
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    Sweet dreams and have a well-deserved rest...

  •  Rest Kos. Rest. (6+ / 0-)

    I felt the same last night as I awaited Patrick Murphy's results while the rest of the country was electing Democrat after Democrat.  I celebrated, but we were subdued until Patrick won.  

    So take some rest.  We cannot win them all.  One day, yes, we will.

    •  yeah...from "big blue illinois" (1+ / 0-)
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      the hon. speaker will swear in roskam.  and i suppose kirk will get a boost in the leadership, (like all the returning gop "moderates") selling the ol'snake oil in new bottles.

      we'll stand him up against a wall and pop goes the weasel /rufus t. firefly

      by 2nd balcony on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:38:50 PM PST

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  •  It's natural to have a let-down (5+ / 0-)

    and we did start to care about all those long-shot races.  I'm disappointed about some of them too.

    But I think the really hard thing to absorb is finally winning, when we're so used to losing.  We won yesterday.  We won.

    It's inconceivable, but we won.

    And yes, let's do even better next time.

    Get some sleep.

  •  If you want to (8+ / 0-)

    cheer yourself up just tune into the GOPropaganda machine. It's a combination of blood letting and happy talk.

    Alos be cheered by the fact that Latinos deserted the GOP in massive numbers.

    "I was Rambo in the disco. I was shootin' to the beat. When they burned me in effigy. My vacation was complete." Neil Young. Mideast Vacation.

    by Mike S on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:30:21 PM PST

  •  Oddly, I understand this (8+ / 0-)

    Last night when everyone was popping champagne corks, I was on pins and needles because even though Maryland's Martin O'Malley was ahead, his opponent wouldn't concede.  

    And I couldn't believe I was so stressed about it in spite of everything else breaking our way.

    I tell you, I don't want to fall in political love with another candidate ever, I think.

    Of course, this morning, Republican Bob Ehrlich conceded the race.  Hello, Governor O'Malley!

    I'm in the best mood I've been in for six years ;)

    Stephanie Dray
    of Jousting for Justice, a lefty blog with a Maryland tilt.

    by stephdray on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:30:24 PM PST

    •  I think that's part of the (3+ / 0-)
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      old 'all politics is local' saw.

      Yes, I'm happy we took the house and apparently the senate. Yes, I'm glad that some good people that I've heard about around here are going up to Washington. But we had no competitive house or senate races here in MA.

      So I am most thrilled about Governor Deval Patrick. That was the one that had me dancing around the room :-).

      "This site is the suckiest suck that ever sucked a suck"--Thomas Kalinowski

      by ChurchofBruce on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:38:00 PM PST

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    •  Yes - I had to stay up and see how Virginia (0+ / 0-)

      and Montana went. Hours later I finally crashed, but the excitement was so great I couldn't chill.

      Reforms Come From Below. No One With Four Aces Howls for a New Deal.

      by 4Freedom on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:41:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Loss by Charlie Brown saddest of all to me (15+ / 0-)

    But I take comfort in knowing Pombo was ousted by the Democrat he beat two years ago, Jerry McInerney.
    Charlie Brown will come back and beat Doolittle's ass. Meanwhile, the voters of CA-04 are taking a big chance that Doolittle will be indicted for numerous crimes.
    Maybe. Under Gonzales' Dptmt of Injustice, we wonder.

    Stupid Mean Jean in Ohio 02 was sent back to Congress but the vote was close. Next time around, she will be history like the rest of these rats. Dems didn't have enough rat poison this time around.

    But the main thing is that people in these districts where good candidates were defeated by slim margins suggests that the voters don't know them well enough. That means we have to work harder-- and trust that people even in historically reactionary districts will thrown out rats.  

    The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.--Mark Twain

    by skywriter on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:30:27 PM PST

  •  Kos (6+ / 0-)

    You are feeling the more than understandable emotional ups and downs that occur in the aftermath of something that you have worked incredibly hard for for a very long time.  You and the blog community that you helped create were an instrumental force in a profound political change in this country, and it took several large defeats before you (we) got there.  Victory in the real world is always tinged with, well, whatever the opposite of a silver lining is, and it is natural especially when you are exhausted, emotionally and physically, to become fixated on how it could have been more perfect.

    Sleep.  Hand the keys over to your more than capable fellow front pagers.  Come back later and enjoy the successes you have helped to bring about.

    Then you (we) can start planning about how to help get the other folks over the hump in 2008.

    -- Stu

  •  you think *you* were depressed?? (5+ / 0-)

    So I had a big meeting today for work at 1 PM EST. Just before I step into the meeting, there's a TV with CNN on, and they had just announced that Rumsfeld was stepping down. I was in a pretty good mood as I set up for the meeting and get ready, but that lasted all of about ten seconds. Then, that's when the nightmare started.

    Mind you, I hadn't heard the name Bob Gates at all -- all I knew was that Rumsfeld had stepped down, and I wasn't in one of those meetings when I can pretend to be participating when I'm really surfing the web. So all of a sudden, I imagined the nightmare scenario:

    1. Bush appoints Lieberman as SecDef
    1. Jodi Rell appoints a GOP replacement for Lieberman in the Senate
    1. The GOP takes a 50-50 majority back in the Senate (Cheney being the tiebreaker, of course).

    Now, I'm sure some of you had that same train of thought. But you were able to avail yourselves of the thought after a few minutes. You weren't stuck in a 2 1/2 hour meeting (I just now got out and found out about Bob Gates) where you had to stew about it and get bitter. I think I might have been downright surly towards the end of the meeting.

    Anyway, just had to vent. :)

    "This...this is the fault of that Clinton Penis! And that powermongering wife of his!"

    by CaptUnderpants on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:30:35 PM PST

  •  disappointing losses? yes. (4+ / 0-)

    that's what happens when you have more political talent than available positions. if you look at it like that, it's less of a disappointment.

    the republican's don't have that problem. they are probably amazed that they can actually get people like bush elected.

  •  The GOP doesn't expect new candidates to win... (20+ / 0-)

    ...at least not at any significant rate.  They view first runs as training and toughening exercises for follow-up campaigns.

    To that point, here's what I wrote to Scott Kleeb in an email message this morning:

    Scott,

    I want to congratulate you on your great run in NE-03.  You did better than anyone could have expected.

    Don't look at this as a loss.  This campaign was your opening shot -- it was an investment in name recognition, and in building a base of committed volunteers.  This investment will pay off in spades the next time around.  The opposition has known for years that the first run for office is the training run, and if a candidate does reasonably well they are supported and encouraged to try again.

    We met during your visit to San Francisco, and spoke briefly after your speech at the bar.  Like many Westerners, I believe I can take the measure of a man better by looking him in the eye and shaking his hand than by reading policy statements.  I liked what I saw, and I hope you will run again in two years.

    When you're ready to run again, give me a call.  I'll do what it takes to help you close the deal next time.

    Kos, the first run doesn't matter that much -- what matters is that they stand up the next time, with their improved name recognition and established organization, and KICK ASS.

    -AG

    "Watching George Bush trying to govern is like
    watching a monkey trying to f**k a football."
    I'm a libertarian, pro-2A capitalist Democrat.

    by AlphaGeek on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:30:42 PM PST

    •  Completely Agree (6+ / 0-)
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      Big picture kos, those seats that you and others helped to put in play will remain in play. People will remember pulling the lever (punching the button or whatever) for a dem in 2006 and it will be an easier sell in 2008. And, if enough of these fine candidates who made the races so competitive tee it back up, their path will be easier next time around. Recognition, as you well know, is so damn important.

      For a first step, last night as the equivalent of Beamon's world record jump. Huge work. And this party is so much better off for 2008 because of it. The dems have learned from the repubs, and improved on their model in many ways. Much thanks for your voice and tireless work that is a part of this win.

  •  I feel the same way about Ford (5+ / 0-)
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    I really wanted another southern Democrat in the Senate.

    I'm sad that we didn't wipe the Republicans out in New York in Ohio.  I'm sad we seem to have lost 5 or 6 house races by less than 1%.

    But all in all a great night.  We won the close Senate races in Montana and Virginia, so we shouldn't be too upset about losing a few close house races.

    "Rick Santorum is Latin for Asshole."

    by tmendoza on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:30:50 PM PST

  •  Stop being so fucking introspective, Kos (7+ / 0-)

    Call a few Republicans and gloat--rub their noses in it. Go read LGF or Redstate: they're both great for laughs today. I guarantee you'll feel better afterwards.

  •  I think the biggest lesson... (12+ / 0-)

    ...is that we can't wait until these incredible candidates make their races competitive before throwing all our support behind them. Had McCaskill, Tester, and Webb not needed to impress the entire party so deeply before getting the full support of the Democratic Party and its members, they wouldn't have needed to win squeakers. Had Carter, Pedersen, and Ford had the full support of the party from the very beginning, we might have picked up nine seats in the Senate instead of six.

    And the same applies for the House.

    This election proved that the 50 state strategy works. We won, and we won big. Never mind Dumbya's asinine comment about how the Rethugs didn't lose too badly yesterday -- we kicked their asses all over the country. Now we have two years to kick their asses in all 435 House districts, every Senate seat that will be contested, and for the White House. But we can't afford to wait -- the longer we fight, the better our chances of victory in two years.

    Thwarting the forces of idiocy since 1978. -6.38, -6.00

    by wiscmass on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:31:03 PM PST

  •  Get some rest. (4+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for all you did on CT-SEN.  I am now a KOS Loyalist because of your efforts.

    You should sell Autographed T-Shirts.

    •  totally off topic (0+ / 0-)

      but maybe we could pass around a couple of t-shirts (different sizes) via mail and hand-offs and get as many of past and present fpers and other notorious diarists (Armando, I miss you! Come home soon!) to sign them, put them up for auction at YK 2.0 in support of the convention or attending 'scholarships' (in sf fandom, we call them 'fan funds').

  •  Sleep, young Kos (4+ / 0-)
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    It will all look a lot better when you wake up, I'm sure.  

    But I do get what you're saying.  Despite the overall euphoria of last night, the Repug congressman where I live in MN., Jim Ramstad, won handily.  As did the creepy John Kline, beating 9-11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley.

    And two races that looked good (or at least possible) for Dems a few days ago went to Repugs -- the governorship went back to Bush rubber-stamper Tim Pawlenty -- just by a hair, but he did win.  And rightwing crazy Dominionist Michelle Bachman beat out Patty Wetterling.

    And my old friend from Brooklyn NY, Steve Harrison, did not manage to unseat the corrupt Vito Fosella

    So as far as the national picture goes -- WOW, I couldn't be happier.  For instance, I never expected the Senate to do anything but get a bit closer, with Repugs keeping the majority.  

    It's sad to see candidates you've supported and fought for beaten, though.  True, 'dat.

    I think I'll take a nap.  

    PRAVDA under Stalin had more shame than Fox News.

    by chumley on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:31:18 PM PST

  •  It'll be OK in the morning (4+ / 0-)
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    Kos, you're tired and have an adrenaline hangover just like the rest of us. It will pass. Get some rest and, while the narrow defeats won't stop stinging, the sting will fall back into perspective. You're wonderful and you've done a GREAT job. Everyone here has.

    Sweet dreams.

    "And life is grand/and I will say this at the risk of falling from favor/With those of you who have appointed yourselves/To expect us to say something darker."

    by Oregon Bear on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:31:21 PM PST

  •  I too am sad (9+ / 0-)

    ...maybe because I'm also fighting lack of sleep and illness, but I'm sad because I look at the wreckage of our nation and the sheer waste and folly of the last six years.

    I'm heartbroken that it took 3000 American lives and another 40,000+ seriously injured and 650,000+ Iraqi dead before we could finally put a team in place to start to halt the madness.

    I'm despondent that America is now feared and hated not only in the Arab and Muslim world, but even in England and Canada.

    I'm sad that we have just inherited $3-5 trillion in debt while spending our projected $6 trillion foolishly.

    But I am happy to say that America is still a democracy, and the Democrats willing, we'll see electoral reform to ensure that we never have to seriously question this again.

  •  I understand (5+ / 0-)

    I just wrote an email to Pete Ashdown, our own Pashdown, thanking him for his run against Orrin Hatch. I felt horrible about Lamont and the others you mentioned, but they were great candidates, all of them. They'll be back, there are other races to run.

    Now, go have some nice miso soup and wasabi. It'll clear you right up :)

  •  if your not satisfied, I'm not (3+ / 0-)
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    and that's what will make this a growing and enduring progressive movement

  •  Rome wasn't built in a day... (4+ / 0-)

    Candidates like Kleeb ran to run another day.

    He sure does stand a better job at winning statewide office in 2008, no?

    Point is, now we have a bench.

  •  Don't make the Moose happy! (1+ / 0-)
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    Kos, go recharge, but don't give animals like the Moose any satisfaction. He's on cloud nine today about his precious bff Jiltin' Joe and about putting his shoe in our faces.

    Don't give him the satisfaction. We won, dammit, we'll win bigger next time.

  •  Well, (15+ / 0-)

    Over the last year, I became emotionally vested in so many great candidates -- Lamont, Fawcett, Kleeb, Grant, and so many others -- that I've taken their losses fairly hard.

    But of course I don't need to tell you that they did win.  They won the House and Senate.
     
    Everyone who put up a fight affected the allocation of resources in this campaign.
     
    Plus:  you have to think two years ahead.  One advantage of the 50-state strategy is the gradual donkification of elephantine districts.  Even if you don't win, you still make an impact on the ground.  And that will be needed in the next election, where you will want to keep and expand the majorities you have.  Every race is an investment.

    But the short answer is, I think you're just tired.  Sleep!

    Caj

    •  Gradual donkification of elephantine districts? (1+ / 0-)
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      A recommend just for making me laugh!

      One advantage of the 50-state strategy is the gradual donkification of elephantine districts.  

    •  Take a step back and look at the big picture (1+ / 0-)
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      4Freedom

      Sure we had candidates who won their races, and those candidates who we supported as Netroots candidates.  Win or lose, all of those Netrooters are our heros.  Lamont being the biggest champion of them all.  They were the ones who distracted the beast allowing the rest of our other candidates to slay the beast and win all of those surprise pickups.  

      Sure we lost some heroes but as a team, we eviscerated the opposition.  They didn't even know what hit them.  And consider that in every race, they outfunded us an out mud-slung us.  We even had people like Rahm Emmanuel within our ranks trying to spoil our fights.  It was a lopsided battle and we still won!  We won by sheer will and populist muscle.

      The tables are turning to our side now, and if we can maintain our control of the framing of the debate, we'll have more ammo on our side for the next election.  This is just the beginning.  We need to keep our own momentum going with people-powered politics.

    •  Donkification in Dallas (1+ / 0-)
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      annan

      Love that word.  Although all the state wide races in Texas went for Rs and Texas is sending lots of Rs back to Congress, Democrats virtually swept county level races in Dallas.  In a way it's kind of sad because some pretty good local R judges who really aren't very political got swept out -- I'd much rather have a Democratic victor in the House, Senate, or any state-wide race but we just aren't there yet.   But they say it's the canary in the coal mine -- defeat of R judges at the county level may be a sign of a trend to come.    

  •  Reading this makes me glad (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hubcap, potownman, flumptytail

    that this time, I only had the emotional space to really get to know one candidate.  I had tunnel vision like you wouldn't believe, and the tunnel ended up in a good place and the rest is really just gravy in some way.  A lot of gravy.

    But I can really see where you'd feel that way, and resting sounds like a good idea.  In some way also I think it might be better to feel let down than over the moon, because it helps us remember how much work there is to do.  And there is a lot of work to do.

  •  ditto (4+ / 0-)
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    hubcap, annan, grayslady, flumptytail

    Oddly, I've been feeling exactly the same way.  Fortunately for me, I don't run a famous website dedicated 24/7 to politics so I can take a longer mental break than poor Kos.  It's weird to me that I can only seem to think about the close losses (for me it's Lamont, Duckworth & Seals).

    I also think a lot about the fact that many of our wins were by razor thin margins.  There are still an awful lot of people out there who don't get it.  How much more obvious a racist would Allen have to be to have lost by a more reasonable 10-15 pts?

    I have a hunch I'll start to feel better when the newly-D congress gets to work on useful things, even if they're stonewalled by the admin.  That should be a good reminder why it's a win and a big one.

    •  Razor thin margins. (1+ / 0-)
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      flumptytail

      About those razor thin margins ... one of my favorite IN State House Reps won his seat by 37 votes in 2000. This year he won by 2,000+ despite a major challenge by a well-funded, well-organized opponent.

      I think that's what we have to look forward to!

      But I'm feeling a bit blue today, too. I know that's a natural emotional letdown after so many disappointments in the past 6 years.

      I can't shake the feeling that the someone iw going to pull the rug out from under me and this will turn out to have been a dream!

    •  Investigations to convince the fence-sitters (1+ / 0-)
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      flumptytail

      I sincerely hope that Democrats will start full scale investigations into war profiteering. Most of the people who don't "get it" yet will get it eventually if given enough information. They just need to be shown the things we know and suspect. When Fox covers the investigations and hearings, they will suddenly "get it". The ones who don't get it by then can't be convinced any way.

  •  Building bridges, Kos (2+ / 0-)
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    potownman, flumptytail

    Those losses will be the start of taking back places like Nebraska and Wyoming.
    Lamont's challenge will keep Democratic senators in Blue states from turning into DINO's, I bet Holy Joe behaves better now.
    I know my life will improve here in Iowa, we were on the mat 4 yrs ago and now look at us!
    Chin up!

    I'm not ready to make nice, I'm not ready to back down, I'm still mad as hell... Dixie Chicks

    by UndercoverRxer on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:33:06 PM PST

  •  Kos, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Silverleaf, potownman, flumptytail

    The same people that made all of this happen will make all of your doubts disappear. These Dems that lost came very close and if we do our work they will go all the way in 2008. Do we think we've seen the last of Ned Lamont? No. (my tribute to the downed donkey's ass Don Rumsfeld). Take heart and look at what you and Jerome and Howard Dean have done. Created a whole new world. Sweet dreams.

  •  1832 (9+ / 0-)

    In 1832 Lincoln lost his bid for the Illinois State Legislature.  

    He wasn't (for a time) considered worthy of the Ill State Legislature, yet was to become one of the, if not the, greatest Presidents in U.S. History.

    Those who didn't quite make it should not feel bad.  They should feel very satisfied that they were part of a VERY successful movement.  Every GOP penny spent on their races, was a penny not spent in a race where one of their Democratic brothers or sisters won.  They should hold their heads up high.  And run again.

    BenGoshi
    _____________________________________________________

    We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

    by BenGoshi on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:33:43 PM PST

  •  Ditto. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Nellcote, potownman, flumptytail

    In a time when things look so dark, a few brave people gave us hope, like Lamont and so many others.

    Now that the sun has started to shine again, it is hard to look back and see those who gave us a boost somewhat left behind.  That is why we are a great movement, because we get invested in people and principles.

    But today we are all winners even though not every race was won.  Like Captain Kirk, (geeky reference I know) we have turned death into a fighting chance to live.

    Hard work ahead, but for now, rest and rejoice.

    Any party that would lie to start a war would also steal an election.

    by landrew on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:33:50 PM PST

  •  Rejoice (5+ / 0-)

    Rejoice Markos, this election tells us we still have some democracy left, there is still time to clean up e-voting and fraud.  Make no mistake efraud is a HUGE problem but this gives me hope that there still is time( albeit a very small window of it.)

    Hell I was afraid it was too late. Paper ballots needs to be on Pelosi's 100 day list.

    I have faith in the american citizen, I still have great doubts about how we tabulate votes, BUT yesterday shows me that I don't need to pack up and head out of this country ( and yes I was ready to do this if the dems didn't win anything). There is still time, america still is breathing, and if that is not a reason for great joy, I don't know what is.

    mr republican, is that a flag in your pocket or are you just glad to see my son?

    by pissedpatriot on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:34:07 PM PST

  •  It Was Lamont (6+ / 0-)

    I share your feelings, Kos. I should be a lot happier.

    It was Lamont that broke my heart.

    But like I said last night, a Tester win goes a way to easing that heartbreak.

  •  Hugs to Kos (5+ / 0-)

    Man, I don't think you can accurately quantify your impact on the races last night. What that prick from RedState was gloating about Lieberman, I almost put my fist through the TV, but who is celebrating now? Not his smug little ass. You've literally moved political mountains here.

    If you ever come to Vancouver, B.C., I want to buy you a beer. Thank you for your personal sacrifice, thank you for your hours of kicking all of our asses.

    Thank you Kos. THANK YOU!

    Hello from Vancouver, B.C.

    by Andre29BC on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:34:12 PM PST

  •  Postpartum depression.... (4+ / 0-)

    ....does not mean there's anything wrong with the baby. Or you, for that matter.

    I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin.

    by sagesource on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:34:14 PM PST

  •  I couldn't peg exactly how I felt today (2+ / 0-)
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    potownman, Allogenes

    but you just did it Kos. I started out this campaign cyle hating and loathing everything about you, but I now truly admire and respect you and all the work that you've done for our party and more importantly our country. Great work, and thanks for everything. Now go get some rest.

  •  its not a quixotic quest for "perfection." (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    azale, potownman, flumptytail

    its a recognition of what remains to be accomplished before our political system is capable of consistently producing public policies that "promote the general welfare [et al.]"

    glad we won a big battle.  the war is still ongoing.  bitersweet indeed.

    we'll stand him up against a wall and pop goes the weasel /rufus t. firefly

    by 2nd balcony on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:34:42 PM PST

  •  Get some rest, Markos... (2+ / 0-)
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    Allogenes, flumptytail

    And I totally understand what you mean. I would have loved to see Lamont kick Lieberman's ass and there are so many other candidates that this site championed. It would have been nice to see them win but it gives us momentum and drive, even more so, for '08.

    As for now, Markos -- enjoy our win. It's not a time to think of what may have been. Lamont and the other candidates energized a formerly complacent and apathetic electorate. And they were just the beginning of what's to come.

  •  The Big Night's Over (2+ / 0-)
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    SoldiersInRevolt, flumptytail

    Go sleep for a week or two, man, the people that need to work their asses off now are the ones who just got elected.

    Pax,
    Matthew

    -- http://www.matthewebel.com http://www.highorbitpodcast.com

    by Matthew Ebel on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:34:49 PM PST

  •  McNerney, McNerney, McNerney! n/t (6+ / 0-)

    Use your green to turn New England blue! Donate here.

    by jab on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:35:01 PM PST

  •  You pussy (3+ / 0-)

    Just playin'.

  •  '08 starts now... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Silverleaf, 4Freedom

    for all those seats and districts.

    Now.

    Time to figure out which primaries need progressive challenges.  Time to push those that don't to buff up their progressive credentials--you've got about 18 months to do it, folks.  Time to start.

    I'm sure Dean's on it already.

    "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

    by ogre on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:35:41 PM PST

  •  My Disappointment - CA Prop 89 failed big (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Zack from the SFV

    This was a clean money proposition that went down huge (75-25 against).  It wasn't advertised to my knowledge.

    You want to get ordinary people into politics and reduce the power of big money?  This is the way.

  •  election day depression (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CalDoc, flumptytail

    I felt so betrayed, alone and depressed after the 2004 election that I think I will get a knot of saddness in my stomach every election....

    That being said...  WOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! ;)

    Get some sleep kos, you da MAN!

  •  Adrenaline letdown (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Babsnc

    combined with sleep deprivation makes me obsess over the negatives without fail.

    Get. Some. Sleeeeeeeeeeeeep.

    •  Agreed, (0+ / 0-)

      there is always a dip in feelings after being so pumped up for so long. No polls to follow, no close races to bring in money for. You'll feel better in a week when details of Pelosi's power structure start to emerge. There will be new battles to be fought, and won.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."-George Orwell

      by Babsnc on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:56:41 PM PST

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  •  It starts at Yearly Kos! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Silverleaf, flumptytail

    You have done a GREAT thing, brought passionate people together and given focus, this is just the start.

  •  The Miracle of Daily Kos (15+ / 0-)

    I can remember election day 2000 -- watching the Democrats give up and letting the Republicans steal the election. Watching Republican thugs beat the shit out of wimpy Dems. Feeling enraged, with nowhere to go but "MediaWhoresOnline."

    Daily Kos has made ALL the difference these last few years. It's a gathering place for progressives like me to share ideas. It's a picker-upper and a butt-kicker. It's an AFFIRMATIVE community of folks who won't let the American dream be destroyed.

    Kos and other progressive websites are the "talk radio" of the left. they have made all the difference in bringing progressives together.

    Thank you, Markos, from the bottom of an old Lefty's heart that as been broken again and again, starting with the death of John Kennedy. Ya done good.

  •  How? (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    flumptytail, Canyon Lefty

    By being engaged in both the House and Senate as they legislate.

    We could all use some education on how both chambers operate, how the members interact, and how to read what they're doing without freaking out because someone voted against 'us'.

    Now that we have an investment we should watch it.  I know that's not what this site is dedicated to, but I'd love it if the C-Span junkies here would start regular series on both chambers.  

    We asked them to govern, we owe it to them and the country to participate in that process, as well as the process to elect more good progressives.

  •  You are right to be concerned, Kos (6+ / 0-)

    Look at what happened to Obama after he was elected to the Senate. He was a real champion of progressive values here in IL before he hit D.C. Now he's a follower and an endless self-promoter, IMO. I think Jim Webb will be an independent voice, probably Tester, too, but Lamont was a true leader and one of the most decent people to ever run for office. There's still much to be hoped for if we can't get the Lamonts and the Laeschs elected.

  •  Dude, Cheer Up (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hubcap, Silverleaf, flumptytail

    These results are absolutely astonishing.  Agreed that there are some bitter pills mixed in there, but with the luxury of some rest and the passage of a few days, you'll start to recognize just how much you have been a part of something special.

    I spoke to a history professor in his late 70s today and asked him for a comparable election occurence.  He couldn't name one.  He also said "this is the first day after an election since 1992 that I didn't wake up depressed, and before that it was 1976."

    Perspective.
  •  kos you haven't used the phrase (0+ / 0-)

    "citizen legislator" much or at all that I have noticed but that seems to be a theme in many a posted essay. Naturally it is always an attractive concept, the more so in swamp-draining moments like this. Paul Hackett of Ohio was fond of the phrase. He's kind of the forgotten guy in all this triumph and wonderment.

  •  I share your pain, my friend (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Nellcote, Carbide Bit, flumptytail

    I'm scraping off my Lamont and Farrell bumper stickers with a not-small sense of frustration and sadness.  I hope that Lamont, especially, will be back, and I sense that he will.  But it's hard not to feel the pain of a win that could have (and maybe should have) been.

    I don't want to write a blame post about the number of politicians who disappointed me with their failure to support the Democratic nominee here (especially the ones that call Chappaqua home), but it's hard not to see how their presence here would have helped.

    Thank you, Ned, for everything you accomplished, and for the one thing you didn't, but damn near did.

    www.ctforlieberman.com ...tells you everything you need to know about Joe...

    by rlamoureux on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:37:18 PM PST

  •  Take heart in this (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Nellcote, vman888, Erevann, flumptytail

     I met Ned Lamont and was very impressed with him.  I don't believe we have seen the last of him and his talent should be used.
     If he wasn't in the race we never would have had a chance to know he was out there.
      Ned handled himself well and was a credit to the race.  

    •  The simple fact... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      mightymouse, flumptytail

      that he cleaned Joe's clock in the primary, is one hell of a victory regardless of last nights results.

      I really hope he stays involved and runs for public office. Maybe state level next time, he certainly has the name recognition now!

      Time will tell.

      "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living." - Mother Jones

      by Erevann on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:46:52 PM PST

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  •  No consolation, Kos... but... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NannyR

    I feel the same.

    Kleeb, Grant, Lamont, Kissell... and so many more who I dreamt big for.

    Some of them will be back in '08.  Let's plan to push them over the top then.

    "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

    by ogre on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:37:54 PM PST

    •  Larry Grant for Senate, 2008 (0+ / 0-)

      Don't just talk about it -- make it happen!  I'm trying to recruit Larry Grant to run against Larry Craig in 2008.  Read my diary on it, and rec if you think it's a good idea.  Thanks!  

  •  Tim Walz in MN-01 (7+ / 0-)
    One name: Tim Walz.

    I diaried a similar feeling earlier today. I understand it. Minnesota is sending nutjob Michele Bachmann to the US House.

    But we are also sending Tim Walz, Fighting Dem, Netroots candidate. I first heard of him here on DailyKos. Not on the local news. Not in the local paper. Here on DailyKos. I contributed to his campaign through links here.

    Walz represents a gain of one DFLer in the Minnesota delegation (which was 50/50 R/DFL). Your site and all the people whose participation here make it significant made that possible. We set the stage and the voters of MN-01 brought it home.

    I take that one to heart.

    We all deserve a brief rest. Because now comes the real work.

    •  Evilpenguin (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      evilpenguin, flumptytail

      I would give you multiple 4's if I could for that last heartfelt comment.  I am so proud of Minnesota-01 for sending Tim Walz to the House, a true upset special.  And the netroots in general and Kos in particular had everything to do with it.

      What a success story.  

      A foolish consistency (staying the course in Iraq) is the hobgoblin of George W. Bush.

      by wildcat6 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:43:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Kos (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    flumptytail

    get some much needed rest. A lot has happened in the last 4 years and it has been a long hard slog to winning.

    Hopefully, with the dem's in the majority, we can get the ones who have lots of money to start sharing with the rest of us. Some seed money down here from the DNC or someone else could really help win a city council seat or a state leg. seat.

    I'm too disgusted right now to think of a sig.

    by Ga6thDem on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:38:55 PM PST

  •  im depressed about nebraska (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KLM, dirtfarmer, flumptytail

    early in the night, it looked like esch had it, and i was certain that kleeb was going to pull it off too.  Just the possiblity that my homestate could send 2 democrats to fill its 3 house seats was making me beam with pride. by the end of the night i knew it wasn't going to happen.  really pissed in my congressional cheerios....

    i am however really impressed with what missouri (not to mention kansas) has pulled off.  i will be relocating to kansas city within the year and am anxious to help continue to grow the democratic party there.....

    the midwest is turning, lets keep up this important work.

  •  We need to get the media back on our side... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Nellcote

    ...we need a fox news... we need a real liberal radio network...  there are ways to do this at a lower cost...  maybe now we can convince investors to fund something like this...  but, it is crucial that we create our own left-wing noise machine that can reach out to ordinary tizens and get them engaged.  It has been the force behind the dominance of the right for so long.

    Thanks,

    Mike

    •  Local media is the key (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      flumptytail

      to winning voters, too. It's not just national networks: it's local newpapers, radio and TV stations we need to be ingratiating ourselves into.

      Carol Shea-Porter wins in NH-01! First Congresswoman from NH! NH goes totally Blue in State House and State Senate!

      by shpilk on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:51:12 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Paul Hodes (6+ / 0-)

    Lost by 20% in 2004.  His comment after his concession speech: "This is fun.  I'm going to do it again."

    So are we, Kos.  So are we.

    "We're not going to tell you what our plan is, Jon, because you're just going to go out and blow it." -- Burns to Tester

    by mspicata on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:39:16 PM PST

  •  CO-04 Poor Angie Paccione... (3+ / 0-)

    I am so bummed.  And still tired from my endless wandering for Paccione in Colorado's reddest hinterlands.

    Bummer, bummer, bummer...

  •  Holy crap dude! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    flumptytail

    It was a trouncing!  Perhaps this, perhaps that, blah blah freakin' blah.  Get some sleep and maybe when you wake up you'll feel like the kick-ass progressive that you are instead of sounding like one of those Tom Daschle pussies.

    Inside every older person, there is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.

    by johnny71 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:39:45 PM PST

  •  I can see your point. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    flumptytail

    The Dems made great in-roads last night.  It wouldn't have been possible without the grassroots campaigns, a completely different national strategy from previous elections, and the political climate that we are now in.

    With that in mind, we've made some impressive gains.  I  was comfortable going into yesterday that we would make some tremendous strides.  But, I didn't think we were going to win the Senate, in addition to the House.  I'm overjoyed.  

    But, I'm more overjoyed for those candidates who didn't win.  Why, you may ask?  Because they've now got name recognition, where they didn't before.   The Dems are putting faces to names out there.  People pick up on that and remember that person in the long run.  Those people now have experience running in an election and have the knowledge of how elections are executed.

    Don't dismay, kos.  Those people along with their supporters know full well the efforts that you, along with themselves, have put into this fight.

    If not for people like yourself, other internet bloggers, grassrooters, etc., then, I seriously doubt we'd be enjoying this day as much as we are.

    Best regards to all,
    Casey

  •  We've got to find... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    4Freedom, Allogenes

    Ways to get our message to the moderates and left-leaning right.  

    We can't count on the MSM.  

    They aren't going to read the left wing blogs.

    We've got to identify common interests and find ways to bring more of them on board.

    We can't afford to loose control by getting more extreme than the general society is ready to enjoin.  Political strength comes from numbers, nothing else.

    "It's time we get back to our future." MJF

    by BobTrips on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:40:14 PM PST

  •  Most upset about Shays and Kleeb (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Carbide Bit, flumptytail

    Shays seemed almost destined to lose after barely pulling it off last election.  And I can't help but wonder if a lot of west Nebraska voters really realize what an enemy of agriculture they're getting in Smith.

    That said, the upsets of Altmire, Shea-Porter, Boyda, Klein, and Walz were nice surprises.  I didn't pick any of them to win except Klein.  Hats off to local Dems in those races.

    All your vote are belong to us.

    by Harkov311 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:40:21 PM PST

  •  Bittersweet is the word of the day (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mumon, MountainGoat, flumptytail

    In a day filled with such great news, the three races I put the most personal (and financial) investment into the progressive challenger fell short.

    Were I not a firm believer in the 50-state strategy I would be more disheartened. Instead, I take solace in the fact that each of those races (and many others I made some small contribution to) are helping save the Democratic Party from itself. In the process we may just save our country, too.

    Besides, you can only do battle with the dragon at your lair, not the one at a distant castle. I did what I could in my backyard.

    Now its time to catch up on my sleep.

    Bittersweet.

    Thank you Mike Callaghan for a race well-fought (WV-02). The $2.3M of Repub funds we tied up helped turn Red to Blue.

    by SLJ on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:40:21 PM PST

    •  EXACTLY (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      SLJ

      The $2.3M of Repub funds we tied up helped turn Red to Blue.

      This is a global strategy; it maximizes wins all over, even if a few lose...

      "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

      by Mumon on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:43:43 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  It's Postpartem Depression... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KLM, etherapy, DemiGoddess, flumptytail

    the joy will come later.  Whatever you do, don't consult Tom Cruise.

  •  I get where Kos is coming from, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Allogenes, flumptytail

    Some really great people were defeated.  But I choose to look at them as now seasoned campaigners.  Hell, if they never ran, they would have been like lost and unopened gifts.   We identified them and found them worthy.

    2008 is really around the corner and with a little rest these guys/gals will be jumping!

  •  They WERE longshots...but WORTH IT! (4+ / 0-)

    They sucked up Republican money and resources that might have gone elsewhere, and might have made our margin of victory smaller.

    Read your own book Kos; it's in your own book.

    So every Tester, every Webb, is possible because of Lamont, Duckworth, et al..

    Don't you forget it.

    "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

    by Mumon on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:40:39 PM PST

  •  Kos, have you tried Airborne? (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mumon, kaye, juliesie, coolsub, flumptytail

    Trader Joe's sells it. This is a cold medicine developed by an elementary schoolteacher who got tired of getting colds from her little charges.  Supposed to work like a dream.

    Myself, I swear by the daily use of a neti pot.  I never realized that just rinsing my nostrils with salt water every morning would result in less than one cold per year.  And this year I have only had to take two Claritin--during ragweed season.

    Thanks for everything you do and take our best wishes to dreamland with you.  You'll feel much better after a decent night's rest.

  •  Let me just say this (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mumon, kaye, Carbide Bit, flumptytail

    Over the last year, I became emotionally vested in so many great candidates -- Lamont, Fawcett, Kleeb, Grant, and so many others -- that I've taken their losses fairly hard. These were all long-shot races, and they all moved mountains to make their races competitive in tough districts, so I didn't expect any different results. And we won so many of those so-called hopeless races that I should be in cloud nine.

    What these guys did was to take it to the enemy and cause them to fight on every front.  They are victors just as much as anyone who takes the hit and falls while leading the way for the victory.  I'm so proud of everyone here, I think this place has done more to put spine in Democratic backbones than any other single thing.  I have felt much relief since superdiaperchanger turned me on to this place.  That is the mark of a good daughter, she also turned me on to "Married With Children", and "The Simpsons" so I owe her bunches.

    Thanks to all of you, Well done.

    "I said, 'wait a minute, Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man.'" Robbie Robertson -8.13, -4.56

    by NearlyNormal on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:40:52 PM PST

  •  I'm with you, am there, doing that (2+ / 0-)
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    Last May, I met up with and chatted with for extended periods, Tammy Duckworth, Lois Murphy, and Diane Farrell.

    I'm thrilled at the victories of McCaskill and Webb, but seeing Tammy Duckworth go down, and at that probably due to Robo-calling and other dirty tricks makes me seethe. The fact that we won as big as we did speaks volumes, because it's pretty obvious that the dirty tricks team was out there in full force against us. A tidal wave was necessary to overcome it, and we almost got it.

    We're settling for better than half a loaf, we got most of it. And yet, and yet, some wonderful people will be left out of the victory celebrations. I guess it hurts more when you've been with them up close, who knows?

    I hope time will heal these wounds quickly, and will start tearing my hair out if the new Democratic majorities start acting like bickering children on the elementary school playground. We just won the big one, let's hope out people know how to make the most of it.

  •  Yeah, I get it. (3+ / 0-)
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    I shed tears last night over Lamont.  Peter Goldmark's loss in WA has been a pretty bitter pill to swallow, too.

    But mostly I'm just feeling vicariously overwhelmed at the monumental clean-up job that's ahead of this new Congress, and at the prospect of yet another election in just two years.

    Laugh-a while you can, monkey-boy! - Lord John Whorfin

    by Mehitabel9 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:41:03 PM PST

  •  Kos.... (0+ / 0-)

    Please remember what this is all about. Our best interests as Americans are not best served by the complete destruction of the Republican party. That would lead to a single-party system which would become a de-facto dictatorship.
    Don't pray for perfection. Instead, work to justify the trust the American voters have placed in you.

  •  Kos: (1+ / 0-)
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    If this were a Monday or Tuesday, I'd say do everyone a favor and don't take just the rest of today off but tomorrow as well. But since tomorrow's already Thursday, my advice instead is not only to take off the entire weekend, as you usually do, but spend it not thinking about politics. Really. The world will survive without your keeping up with the latest developments for 2 whole days. After all, not one of us is indespensable.

    So watch mindless TV, take in a non-political movie, enjoy your family, I mean, really enjoy your family. And come back well-rested, pumped up, and enthusiastic as the Dems continue to celebrate yesterday's sweet victories.

  •  Always looking 10 steps ahead, eh Kos? :) (2+ / 0-)
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    That's why you're one of the heavy hitters my friend. None of us could thank you enough for having the vision to bring this community this far. You may not be the king or the bloggers, but you're certainly the inspiration.

    Thank you.

    I've got ideas about reconciliation with the more reasonable folks on the other side of the aisle. But that's for another day, when I can actually catch up on sleep. :)

    Take heart, that this election, no matter what Rahm might say, or the rest, was OUR victory. They fought against Dr. Dean and every other change we advocated, bucked the 50 state strategy, and all the rest. It was those changes, that won the day.

    I think we can all admit, that the real work is just beginning and we cannot slack off at all in the coming months and years. For now, however, we are legitimized as a player in the party and political realm. They won't dare ignore us any longer.

    "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living." - Mother Jones

    by Erevann on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:41:40 PM PST

  •  Think Positive (3+ / 0-)
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    Yes, it would have been awesome to win in NE-03, for example.  But remember how incumbents often lose--they win an election by a narrow margin against a competent opponent, who then runs again.  And beats them.

    It's happening in CT-02.  It happened in NH-02 and IN-02 as well, where Bass and Chocola faced candidates that the voters knew well.

    The Democrats pulled 45% in two out of three districts in Nebraska.  Yes, 51% would have been better,  but the underpinnings of a 51% in 2 or 4 years are there.

    Think of the districts that are now Democratic, and not just with DINOs.  Both New Hampshire seats.  Eastern Kansas, where we no lonmger have to ask what's wrong with the state.

    Yes, realize that there is a ton of work yet to do to take the plains states away from the Republicans for the foreseeable future.  And realize that it was never going to happen overight.  But realize that it can, and should, happen.

    Interfere! Why of course we should interfere! Always do what your're best at, that's what I say -- The (Fourth) Doctor.

    by tim on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:41:44 PM PST

  •  Hold Democrats feet to the fire. (2+ / 0-)
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    I think the first and best way we help these candidates toward victory in 2008 is to make sure our new elected leaders and their colleagues keep their promises, move legislation forward, exceed expectations for accomplishment with recognized benefits for Americans, and hold this President in check while creating a rational approach to Iraq and the GWOT.

    If Democrats perform, more Democrats will win in 2008. People will remember that Democrats have actually done a pretty good job of governing.

    IMHO.

  •  Even if those races had been won... (2+ / 0-)
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    some sadness would be natural:  the passing of an era, post-creative depression, and all that.

    But get set.  After a well-deserved National Day of Celebration today (hey, where's that 20 million?), the 50 State Strategy version 2.008 begins tomorrow.

  •  I imagined it. (0+ / 0-)

    I realized a week or two ago how depressed I was going to be today over all the good candidates whose voices would NOT end up being heard in Congress. It was inevitable. There were too many good candidates, and no way in hell we could win all of them. Somebody good was going to lose. And indeed, several good somebodies did.

    But a lot of other good somebodies didn't. I'm so thrilled over the fact that we've added so many terrific voices to the fray this year, I'm trying not to be heartbroken over the near misses.

    We'll have more chances to make them part of our government too. The mere act of running a close race this year will have made their district more competitive next time--increased their name recognition--made the party more likely to financially back them early enough to make a real difference. We have two years for Howard Dean to build infrastructure in the redder districts, and for the party to build up voter lists. The candidates who didn't make it this time don't have to vanish into the ether. We haven't lost them and their voices forever.

  •  Knowing how hard some Texas candidates (1+ / 0-)
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    worked, and what extraordinary people they are (especially in comparison with their opponents), I'm feeling a good bit of melancholy today myself. In particular I'm thinking of John Courage, David Van Os, Chris Bell, and Barbara Ann Radnofsky, and there are many others as well. I only hope that these great Americans will try again.

    At the same time, I'm thrilled with the Democratic wins. I've become so accustomed to disappointment in the past six years, though, that our victory hasn't really sunk in yet.

    Here's hoping that Ciro Rodriguez will be victorious in the TX-23 runoff--as icing on the cake!

    •  Dallas County went TOTALLY BLUE!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      We also lost a race for the TX-32 against Pete "the Streak" Sessions by will Pryor, a great candidate.

      I will diary this later when I have a more detailed breakdown of the vote:
      Democrats won EVERY county-wide seat in Dallas County TX, including every judgeship, WHERE THERE WAS A CHALLENGER.  D. A., County Judge (head county commissioner), Treasurer, etc.

      I emphasize this, because there were several slots with NO challenger to the incumbent Repug., and a number of them with only a Libertarian challenger to the incumbent Repug.  I voted individually just so I could vote against the R's, but why did so many seats go unchallenged?!?!  The Libertarians managed to get the required signatures and pay the filing fee for nearly all the races, but the Dems. did NOT!?!?  Here in Texas, we need a 254-county strategy (the number of counties in the state).

      I need to review the results to understand why the Congressional races didn't do better.  Re-districting by DeLay is part of the answer, maybe lighter Dem. turnout, but people HAD to be splitting their votes if Will Pryor only got 40% to Pete Sessions' 60% (statewide offices - - AG, Radnofsky etc. were about 65-365).

      I will also summarize my personal precinct's results, and see if or how my canvassing efforts made any difference compared to Martin Frost in '04.

      The struggling parts of the country need additional help, and I guess we'll just do it ourselves, since no one in DC with the Democratic Party seems to care so much.  I feel as if my state was written off as a loss, and haven't heard much sympathy from other quarters about it.

      All that said, I am looking forward to the House Ethics Committee hearings, the 9-11 ommission recommendations being implemented, the first 100 hours, etc., etc. with great glee and satisfaction.  Those improvements will help us here, too.

      Torture is Wrong!

      by tom 47 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:01:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks, Tom! I read about Dallas Co., and that (0+ / 0-)

        is so fantastic. I know we picked up some Dems in the state Leg., and FWIW my favorite Dems were all winners in my county, Travis. In fact there were a few races with only Repubs and Libertarians where the Libertarians came close to winning in Travis Co. You and I were certainly not alone in voting for the Libertarians over Republicans.

        I too want to see fewer unchallenged Republicans. I don't know how this year compares to others, but I suspect we had more races with Dem challengers this time than in the last couple of elections. I was concerned especially that there was a Dem candidate in only one of the four state supreme court races. But for me, these lines of thought always eventually end up at the idea that we are rebuilding our party from the ground up, and it's not going to happen overnight. I love your idea of a 254-county strategy for Texas!

      •  Texas: The difficult we do today (0+ / 0-)

        the impossible will take us another couple of election cycles.

        But we're on the way, reinforcements are gathering! hang in there neighbor!

        Maybe that's where some of the Texas kos energy can go now, in finding and supporting or even running themselves for seats in the Lege.

        By sheer will and effort the Texas Democratic party and Democratic legislators could be able to fight and claw to a decent and fair pretty-level-playing-ground redistricting plan, if the party can continue to reform and rebuild. What's the election cycle for the Lege over there in Texas?

        Oh Gods, I can't believe that I'm thinking about the Texas state legislature. Damn, this winning a few races is pretty potent stuff.

  •  Don't end up like me, son (4+ / 0-)
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    There used to be an old, not very funny bumper sticker that read, "Don't Vote. It only encourages them!"

    I should have put one up in my bedroom that says, "Don't Vote. It only encourages you!"

    This campaign thing really is a disease. On the first Wednesday, you're like a junkie without his dope. Try to kick for a while and get a look at that kid before his voice changes.

    --Steve

  •  Relief!! (4+ / 0-)

    The country's been pulled back from the edge of a fascist precipice and I feel safer than I have in six years.  The thing I'm happiest about is learning that not all Americans are brain dead.  Maybe half of them are asleep, but certainly not all.

    Eric Massa's loss is hard (although he hasn't conceded--Go Eric and teach John Kerry something.) I keep wondering if there was something more, some small overlooked item, that could have been done to change the result.

    Even so, I do not feel sad.  Tired, very, but not sad.  We blue voters pulled off a miracle!  

  •  When I first met you & Jerome (5+ / 0-)
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    at the Santa Barbara book signing you said;

    "If we can get Jon Tester elected all the hard work will justified'

    Well Jon and many many more were elected.

    Much of yesterdays success belongs to the netroots.

    Remember this was our FIRST big election cycle.

    Hell of a base for a new political movement.

    Rest well, its well deserved.

    •  Remember when? (1+ / 0-)
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      The first time I ever heard that there was a progressive candidate in Montana was when you did a piece on Jon Testor.

      Think of that Markos, you introduced him to us, and for me personally it meant months of modest donations to Jon (from the pre-primary days on to last week I gave Testor money, Testor beat out the anointed DLCish Morrison in the primary).

      Jon, that big galloot, is going to bring a breath of fresh Montana air to the Senate. Not a lawyer, not a corporate fat-cat, a real live farmer from generations of farmers whose farm produces organic foods. How blinkin' cool is that?

      No war is won by one battle, and we've won more this time than we could dare to hope to win even a year ago. The struggle continues.

      Tomorrow (metaphorically speaking), we'll saddle up and ride for Gondor  !!!!

  •  I understand (1+ / 0-)
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    But I expected to lose some, of course. For me, the Darcy race is really important and perhaps we still may win that one.

    Looking ahead, I think, as others have noted on DailyKos, we should take the opportunity to clean up the voting process. And then, getting rid of the gerrymandering -- that's what I would like to see. Of course that wasn't a factor in Idaho and maybe not that much in Colorado, but so many states' districts are seriously contorted, which makes them very tough to win, even in a good year with a good candidate.

    Anyway, let's enjoy this. This is a big win. And then keeping working on it.

    Thanks Kos!

  •  the next 2 years of unearthing the bones (4+ / 0-)

    of Repug treachery and malfeasence should put the Dems in good shape for 2008. Add in a minimum wage amendment, universal health care, pension protection, saner energy policy, and so on. The Repugs will soon be the party of the south, and that's it.

    If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve.

    by jhecht on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:43:13 PM PST

  •  Don't be too hard on yourself! (2+ / 0-)
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    You've done good -- incredibly good, Markos.

    I know how it is with success-oriented people, with people who push themselves hard to do well as you have done.  You dwell on the ways in which your work has not turned out perfectly.

    It's okay.  This is a huge victory no matter how you slice it.  And yes, it sets up for further gains later on down the road.

    For now -- SLEEP!  REST!  Do NOT burn yourself out -- another danger your kind of personality faces.  We cannot afford to lose you to long-term exhaustion.  Listen to the messages of your body.  TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!  Yes, things will most definitely look better once you've had some R&R.

    Here is a big hug, all the way from Canada:

    ((((((((((Kos))))))))))!

    With love,
    Karen

  •  I felt the same way (2+ / 0-)
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    MSNBC has the results along the bottom of the screen. I was thrilled about our victories, until I saw some of the ones who didn't make it, like Tammy Duckworth and Kleeb (or, more locally, Kathleen Falk for Wisconsin AG).  I hope they continue to fight --- they have a lot to offer, and I'm convinced that voters will get that message the next time around.

    We may not always win, but our people-first message always will.

    Someday, kindness and compassion will be seen for what they are --- strengths, instead of weaknesses.

    by RogueJim on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:43:36 PM PST

  •  It's post-partum depression. (4+ / 0-)
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    You just gave birth to a whopper of a baby Democratic majority.  Depression is a natural side effect.  So take lots of happy pills, eat some bananas, join a support group, take up a new hobby, exercise for 2 hours a day, buy some new power tools, play some PONG, and join a monastary.  You should be right as rain within 3-6 months.

    And NO BLOGGING.  We can handle it just fine.

    -

    Yes, yes, I'm in Down East magazine this month. Film at 11.

    by Bill in Portland Maine on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:43:38 PM PST

  •  The numbers look good (1+ / 0-)
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    The best thing we can do is encourage these candidates to keep plugging away.

    I posted my 1st diary on a subject very similar to this regarding some of these candidates coming back in 2008.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    We didn't go quite as red-to-blue as we'd hoped, but we sure as hell went red-to-purple. We'll finish the job in 2 years and Kissell, Grant, Esch, Kleeb, Massa and the rest will be there when we do it.

    In the 24 tight races we lost that I diaried, the total margin was less than 150,000 votes, by my rough math. Out of 80,000,000 cast, we're talking 1/5 of 1% of all voters. We have the momentum, we have the candidates, we have the strategy and the netroots to pull it off.

  •  Rest, Renew, then Recruit (2+ / 0-)
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    It's only natural, Kos.  Fatigue poisons the body, as well as the mind.  

    But, as you rest and renew yourself, think about this:  some of these candidates may be back.  Larry Craig has been the U.S. Senator for Idaho for 18 years, but, he's been in the majority most of that time.  Larry Grant nearly won, and now has great name recognition.  Personally, having lived in this ultra-red state for so long, I was very happy to see that Grant did so well, and kept the battle going until 4:00 a.m.  I can only console myself with the hope that you, and the others at this sight, will keep fighting, and keep trying to create an atmosphere where those of us who've been without hope for years will once again believe that it may, just may, be possible to get rid of republican, one-party rule.  

    Me, I'd love to see Larry Grant run for Senate in 2008.  It may not seem like very likely, but frankly, we need good candidates like Larry to help rebuild the party here, and give us a chance, or at least hope.  

    You, and the netroots, helped do that in places the national party had long ago abandoned.  So rest up, renew yourself, and start looking at who we can recruit for the next cycle.  

    And, if you're of a mind, pray for those of us still stuck out here in the wilderness.  

    God save us from Bill Sali!

  •  Oo! Oo! I know the answer to this one, Kos (4+ / 0-)

    My candidate, Linda Stender, lost too.  But we really gave Mike Ferguson a run for the money.  He only got 49% to Linda's 48%.  The last Democratic challenger lost by double digits.  The difference was that THIS year, we had a presence in NJ-07.  We were noticeably absent in 2000, 2002, 2004.  There were no canvassers from our side, no lit drops, no phone bankers, no Democratic organization at all in those years.  This year, we were doing all of those things.  In fact, they had to turn volunteers away at one staging area yesterday.  We ran out of walk lists.  
    Linda really was the better candidate.  But even with all of the things we did this year, we could have done a little bit more.  We could have planned our message better.  We could have used the summer to organize instead of going to the shore.  We could have recruited more Kossacks and made them committ more time.  And we could have stopped listening to people who said NJ was solidly blue and surely they can see what a mess the Republicans are making and let's just take these NJ districts for granted because they will come around at the last minute.  Clearly, that didn't happen with the congressional races and the energy spent blogging wishful thoughts could have been better spent moving people to do something.  Now we're stuck with Mike Ferguson who will be spending the next two years playing golf because, let's face it, who in this new Congress is going to take a right wing, religious conservative, anti-tax, pro-war congressman from a wealthy district dominated by pharmaceutical companies seriously in this environment?  We're totally screwed, high tax rates and all.  We might as well be living in Waco.  
    So, you run along and get some sleep and I will just sit here and stew awhile about the ridiculous complacency given to NJ by some of the folks on this board.  
    But I will be planning for the next election because I think I got it now.  

    -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:44:19 PM PST

    •  Yes! Party Infra-structure!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      We can't wait until a few months (or weeks) before an election to get out the vote.

      Races are won or lost on the precinct level...that's where the voters are.  So, we need to start organizing precincts NOW if we're going to be ready for the big races in 2008.

      Getting solid precinct chairs in place will make GOTV much more successful.  Who would you trust more....your neighbor who tells you about a great candidate when you walk your dog together or some stranger who knocks on your door two days before an election?

      Time to get organized and shore up our local party structure!!

      •  Messaging was everything (0+ / 0-)

        Mike ran on taxes, taxes, taxes.  Linda was a great candidate and she linked the Iraq war with wasteful spending in her debate appearance but not in her campaign literature.  She could have tailored her targetting a little better too.  Some elderly women were really turned off by her pro-choice stance but Linda featured it prominently on her literature.  It wouldn't have been on my literature this year.  I would have focused more on why Mike Ferguson hadn't proposed a fix to the looming AMT problem and why so much tax money was being sent to Bush cronies in Iraq and why didn't Mike do something to stop it?  
        But what do I know?  I'm just a blogger in NJ-07 looking forward to two years of fiscal hell and no representation.  

        -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

        by goldberry on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:12:44 PM PST

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  •  Just ran a marathon myself, Kos (2+ / 0-)
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    I ran the New York marathon last Sunday, and I'm still recovering from it. I don't think it's possible to train for what you did. I definitely felt the same kind of physical exhaustion you describe, tinged not only with sadness, but with the feeling of "never again". I'm surprised you aren't to that stage at this point. Good for you to keep the fighting spirit. For me, waking up this morning after sleeping like a baby last night, to a Democratic victory, was very nice. Now begins the hard work of restoring the country. Let's not get too greedy in the process.

  •  Jayzus! (2+ / 0-)
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    We won, and won big. Not only did we take the Senate, take the House, and destroyed Republicans at the state legislative level, but we didn't lose a single senate seat, we didn't lose any House seats, we didn't lose any governorships, we didn't lose any state legislatures. It was a rout of epic proportions.

    That is really incredible. It sounds unprecedented. Has anything like this ever happened in the history of American politics?

    I'm wondering if this incredible sweep without any aberrations is a phenomenon of the electronic media. Maybe it happened because there's an emerging homogeneity of society because of things like Dkos, YouTube, etc.

    Thanks for your effort, everyone. You too, Kos.

    Be the alien you want to see in the world.

    by PaulGaskin on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:44:25 PM PST

  •  No Litmus Tests/Eating our own (4+ / 0-)
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    One of the things we all need to consider is no litmus tests for candidates.  

    What we saw last night was where some candidates (Casey, Tester, and Webb) may not be with us on all the issues or even those issues we hold near and dear to our hearts it turns out that these candidates were the best chances we had to win these races and we did.  

    Of course I am not saying if a candidate is opposite on most issues or that they should just be allowed to run unopposed in a primary but just that one single issue should not be a reason not to support them.

    We also need to stop eating our own.  What the GOP has been great at is once there GOP primaries are over they put aside differences and work to get elected.  Democrats have a habit of saying that the person they wanted to be the nominee did not win and hence they are not going to do anything for them.  This is why the GOP tends to win more close elections and elections after a primary than Democrats do.

  •  Sad about Dan Seals too, and a little bitter (2+ / 0-)
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    I thought we had a chance to pull that one off.  The local press so far has been mostly positive, saying things like he ran a good race and made the incumbent sweat.

    However Matt Stoller from MyDD seems to think that Dan Seals was a Rahm Emmanuel pick when the exact opposite was true.  Dan's only assistance from the DCCC came in the last two weeks , after Dan had already assembled his own grassroots campaign and was was within striking distance according to Majority Watch.  In fact I would argue that if they had taken a fraction of the money they spent on other races EARLIER it might have put this one in our column.

  •  You beat the spread by a huge amount, kos (2+ / 0-)
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    A year ago, no one could have imagined what unfolded in this election. Tester and Webb. Colorado turning bluer. Lamont's primary win (had Connecticut not had such fluky election laws, Lieberman would be on his way to becoming the answer to a trivia question). Forcing Republicans to play defense in places like Idaho and Nebraska. I could go on and on.

    "We grow too soon old and too late smart."--Pennsylvania Dutch saying.

    by Dump Terry McAuliffe on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:46:02 PM PST

  •  Get some sleep! (1+ / 0-)
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    Those little-kid germs are rough.

    A job well done, in spite of those few losses. We have the momentum.

    It's all good.

    Senator Webb! I love it.

  •  The world is a safer place this morning (2+ / 0-)
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    after our victory

  •  Lamont's loss is more difficult for me (3+ / 0-)
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    than Corker's because Democratic leaders did NOT support Lamont but are celebrating today on the wave HE helped create! Their cowardice is not easily reconciled and it makes me very sad - and angry.

    Keep Osama safe and happy - vote Republican!

    by annefrank on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:46:19 PM PST

  •  DUDE! (3+ / 0-)
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    We won VIRGINIA!  I don't have to live with 6 more years of that asshole.  Take a nap and when you wake up, you'll realize that we FUCKING WON VIRGINIA!

  •  Never Ending (3+ / 0-)
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    "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
     --  Thomas Jefferson

    Be hopeful Markos. You have helped lead this country's Course Correction.
    So much has changed because of our efforts. What you and others are feeling must be very similar to what patriots were feeling after the American Revolution.
    We are grateful for the gains but mourn our loses. We are tired, but there is more work to be done. We must now govern and protect ourselves from this ever happening again.
    We have long term plans which include Lamont, Fawcett, Kleeb, Grant, and all those who were unable to win....this time. In his speech last night, Lamont said that he's still ready and able to help.
    We'll pave the way for them to win soon.

    So, rest up for now. You deserve it.

  •  Thanks Kos (3+ / 0-)
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    I hear you about Lamont. I did poll standing for Lamont and Diane Farrell yesterday. While I'm thrilled with the overall results those two were bitter for me too. You gave me and alot of other people some of the motivation to accomplish what we did as a country yesterday. I'm going to try to look at my actions as just a part of a big interconnected effort to change America. I think we did that yesterday and you were a big part of it.

    Strength and wisdom are not opposing values

    by CTMET on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:46:51 PM PST

  •  It Is The Never Ending Battle (2+ / 0-)
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    There will always be the forces in society who will be attracted to the conservative laissez-faire domestic and militaristic foreign policy agenda. Our mission, if  we choose to accept it, is to not to let that be the consnesus point of view and to build the consensus for our point of view. It is a lifelong battle. The mission now is to transform the angst about the economy and the war that gave us this victory into a policy consensus.

    Good Government. Traffic Lights Aren't All That Weird. Vote Democratic!

    by HL Mungo on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:47:14 PM PST

  •  KOS, It's Still Extremely Difficult to Deliver An (3+ / 0-)
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    marjo, artebella, flumptytail

    adult message of any kind to the American electorate. We did great considering how little we can contact them--so don't beat yourself up.

    Until we conceive of a way to tear down America's Information Iron Curtain--and not just in campaigns but throughout our daily commonly-shared reality 24/365-- we're never going to be able to count on doing the thing that's right, that's logical or that's true, if it's opposed by our most powerful forces.

    This is a fundamental problem with the American system when it's operated in this age. We can fix it but we first have to acknowledge that it's broken and that it doesn't need to be.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:47:26 PM PST

  •  Kos (2+ / 0-)
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    Allogenes, flumptytail

    Thanks for all your hard work,You are a true patriot! Will you be on colberts show again?  :)

  •  Dude, the self-pity is so LAME-O!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    And that's from one Bay Area res to another.

    No victory is ever complete on one side.  Even the English lost SOME troops at the Battle of Agincourt - and that was the granddaddy of all lop-sided victories.  Hell, there are some victories where you wind up taking a lot of losses but still win in the end (See Battle of the Bulge)

    Of course its not over.  This was just the first or second part of a longer strategy.  It will take years to accomplish.  Rome wasn't built in a day - and if it was, we would hire their contractors.

    "Save the Cheerleader. Save the World."

    by goblue72 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:48:27 PM PST

  •  Thank you Kos! Take a rest (2+ / 0-)
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    marjo, flumptytail

    Thanks for all your hard work.  I think we all understand the emotional conflicts, we share them as well.  Hopefully some R&R will revitalize you and you know there are good folks here who will hold down the fort while you do.

  •  Thanks, Kos... (2+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail, kenoyer130

    ...for all you've done, for all of us, for this country, and for the many candidates we all supported and still do, win or lose. Remember, it took the Republicans 30 years in what you've led us all in starting to do in a shorter period of time.

    To paraphrase Big Eddie, remember too that this is a marathon, not a sprint. And we really are ALL in this together. :)

  •  The races for 2008 (4+ / 0-)
    start today.

    We learned a lot, and we should tons of data to provide insight and logical conclusions to the wins in my State {NH} which totally smashed the mold {granted, we were overdue for the change}

    We came so damn close in the lost NY House races, in OH, NJ, IL .. we need to punch through and get those House seats in 08.

    The Senate in 08 already looks really bad for Republicans. They have more seats to defend than Democrats.

    We have got to focus early on the races that matter, and make the magic happen, all over again.

    Carol Shea-Porter wins in NH-01! First Congresswoman from NH! NH goes totally Blue in State House and State Senate!

    by shpilk on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:49:42 PM PST

  •  PAC (2+ / 0-)
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    Sharoney, 4Freedom

    Call it Kos PAC or NetBlue PAC but just like I give $10.oo a month to ACLU (used to be $5.oo but I went big time) get all those who can to give an amont they can afford each month to the PAC. Thousands of people giving $5 or $10 amonth will result in a substantial amont of seed money to spend on 2008 races. Plus when the time is right we can as individuals give to the races that are of most interestto us just like we did this year.

    You are starting to disturb my calm.

    by OHdog on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:49:44 PM PST

  •  Depressed until I realized ... (3+ / 0-)
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    KLM, MountainGoat, flumptytail

    That idiot voters who picked crazy Rs like Sali will now spend the next two years being represented by disempowered, neutered, irrelevant and bitter members of the minority.

    Sweet!

    The only thing that still bums me out is Gibbons.  I think he's a corrupt and dangerous guy to have as a governor.

  •  I feel the same way Kos... (1+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail

    I am exhausted, incredibly happy about our victories, and extremely upset about Ned and the others who fell.

    They aren't forgotten. I don't mean to be "all Ned", but Ned was a key figure in standing up to the Rethugs on Iraq. This wave was in a large part thanks to him.

    That is not to forget the many other people who made this possible, including the blogs. Everyone who has ever commented or wrote a diary here, anyone who donate any of their time or money to a candidate, anyone who CARED about this election. They changed this country. So, no Tom Delay, you are wrong. The Republicans didn't lose it for themselves, the Democrats kicked their sorry asses all the way out.

    And in the words of Gov. Dean

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAW!

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety- Ben Franklin

    by JackMcC on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:50:43 PM PST

  •  Kos depressed with big but not big enough win? (0+ / 0-)

    OMG, AD NAGS WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  Kos, (1+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail

    Read my sig :-)

    We kicked ass tonight. You all did good.

    by roboton on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:54:28 PM PST

  •  Get some rest. (3+ / 0-)
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    Caldonia, On The Bus, flumptytail
    Get in bed, put a bottle of water nearby, in case you wake up,  & sleep long & deep.  If you wake up, sip some water & go back to sleep.  Sleep as long as you can.  Your body knows how to heal itself. (But maybe you should check in w/the Doc before you hit the hay.)

    Go to sleep knowing that I am one joyful kossack & there are hella us dancing in the streets today.  You did it.  You & Dean & us.  We did it, kos.  We did it.  I had one not yet a citizen immigrant jumping & squealing about how much ass we were kicking across the country last night,on the elevator at work.  One of my non voters voted!  I got him out of the dumps with stories of how we were kicking ass & taking over all over the country.

    You are a hero & that's a great weight.

    We'll all be here when you awake. Happy as  the Sun at midday in August.

    Sweet dreams, ma man.  Ya did good.

    ps:  If you wake up at some point feeling real miserable, call the Doctor.  You might be sick.  Pneumonia is going around.  Maybe the Flu.  Again, maybe you should check in w/the Doc before you hit the hay.

    Thank you, kos.  You are a Patriot and a visionary.

  •  The ones that got away (0+ / 0-)

    There will always be the bittersweet moments with the incomplete victory, the squeaker, the hard-fought fight against an overwhelming advantage that is closer than your gut expected. Each race called against us is a wound, no matter how many victories improve our armor.

    You've got Judy Garland going in my head right now from A Star Is Born, with all the pain and longing and suffering...and under it all, hope that the next one won't get away. And next time, more of them won't get away. It's why we keep going—why we kept going after 2004.

    Get some sleep, kos. It's the best defense against the preschool incubator, and against the Republican incubator, too. Not just one night, either; time to pay off the sleep debt and recharge the credit card.

    © sardonyx; all rights reserved

    by sardonyx on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:54:53 PM PST

  •  All the winners that didn't win (2+ / 0-)
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    Allogenes, flumptytail

    I just refuse to call someone like Tammy Duckworth a loser. If you show that much plain damn determination, you are a winner even if the other guy gets to take the Oath. Or Lamont. I think we all know the loser in CT isn't Ned.

    So, for those winners that didn't win... remember it was your commitment to making the Repugs fight in every state and every district that handed us this victory. When you see the hearings start and civil liberties being restored, you should feel a measure of real pride.

    Don't think we've forgotten you. Don't think we aren't grateful. We may not have gotten you where you should have been in this round, but there will be another. And as long as you are willing to serve and to fight for what's right, we'll stand with you.

    I really wish.... but next time, right?

    Today, let's just enjoy the victory we made possible together.

    --- Republican? Republican?! Sir, you have insulted me for the last time. I demand, demand, I say, satisfaction on the field of honor! [-8.25, -7.38]

    by Adistius on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:56:04 PM PST

  •  Just for today, no matter how stupid, (3+ / 0-)
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    csuchas, Caldonia, flumptytail

    I'm choosing to dwell on the beauty of how our form of government again worked to snatch this country from the jaws of self destruction.  i'm actually going to put my flag back up because, at least for today, I choose to believe the system may not always work, but when it works we can all be proud to be Americans.  at least for today.
    I feel priviledged today to be witnessing significant history being made and I was blessed to see it from the ground in the almost spiritual experience of getting out the disinfranchised for 12 hours in the pouring rain yesterday  and hearing them collectively roar.

    Negative ads, deceitful messaging, wide spread corruption, shakey election procedures and the rain itself couldn't keep them home.  I choose to believe, just for today, the force of democratic will could not be stopped.  

    now our job must be to watch them all like hawks.  

  •  Look at the Results Already (3+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, Allogenes, flumptytail

    Lamont and netroots changed the terms of the debate.  After Lamont's primary -- even Lieberman, even Kean, Jr. -- was asking for his head.

    Ned may not have won last night, but he won today.

  •  Lamont, Duckworth, Lois Murphy, Massa, (0+ / 0-)

    Farrell, and maybe, but hopefully not, Burner and Madrid, not to mention Harold Ford (yes, I know some disagree).

    I'm thrilled we won, but also disappointed about those races, some of which were long shots, but some of which were supposed to be the easy pick ups.

    So, now, 2008.  I need to find a candidate to make our Candidate of the Month for November, 2006.  I need a Dem. running for a House seat currently held by a Republican, or a Democrat in danger of losing his/her seat.  Kind of a tough call, since no one has announced yet, but someone has to get the monthly donation, so, any suggestions?

    Contributions also welcome, by the way, go to Candidate of the Month.

    I haven't updated the website yet, want to rest and digest awhile first.  

  •  two years ago (3+ / 0-)
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    On The Bus, mightymouse, flumptytail

    I was in a dark room, eating chocolate by the pound, so depressed that my partner was concerned he was going to have to admit me to a locked ward. For more than a month I barely functioned. It was kos and atrios and fld and the passionate Dems and progressives who write and work to create a better America that kept me going, once I was able to get up off the floor and stand once again.

    I'm so proud of our long shot candidates, like Larry Kissell (and the last time I checked, Kissell was behind by less than 500 votes, there may be a recount in that race), Barry Welsh and so many more who fought the good fight and who will keep fighting, I hope, for a better, fairer, nation.

    We all learned a lot, more people involved, more people willing to give a few hours, a few dollars, to candidates. I have no doubt that the invigoration of the grassroots Democratic party will continue.

    So kos, and all our fpers and sterling diarists, I just wanted to say thank you. Now go take a couple of days off. If you're lucky enough to have a partner in your life, take him/her out for a great dinner. Or go get a couples massage at a local spa, or run off the mountains, or beach or lake or city for a couple of days of peace and no Net connections. And if you don't have a partner in life, go do some of these things for yourselves. Ya'll deserve it.

    We'll keep working, hey, there's still about 20 House races that have not be decided, and the Webb victory may have to be defended, local folks will have to work to make sure the final tallies are fair and true. Dozens of first-time candidates learned so much, and if they return in '08 to run once again, the advantages they've gained in experience, in finding people who will support them, will give them a great foundation from which to build a winning campaign in '08.

    thanks kos, thanks friends, thanks for all you have done for the progressive movement, the Democratic wing of the Democratic party and for our beloved nation.

    Now Markos, go get some sleep. We'll be here when you wake up, and you'll probably have some catching up to do.

  •  I've thought this same thing (2+ / 0-)
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    Allogenes, flumptytail

    I've thought the same thing.  I intend to write a note to several of these people (Massa, Klleb, Trauner, Kissel) to thank them.  I remember after the 2004 elelction the local woman who was the grassroots organizer of the Kerry meet up was pleased and inspired by the torrent of emails thanking her for her work and asking what was next.

    "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy" - James Madison

    by Hotspur18 on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 12:58:32 PM PST

  •  Get some good sleep and rest up (1+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail

    you will feel better in a couple of days.  I know of which I speak, I am a Doctor you know :)

    Oh, the oregano and echinacea cant hurt either.  

  •  I'm really sad about Kleeb too. I want him to (2+ / 0-)
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    dirtfarmer, flumptytail

    start today campaigning for something new.  He really deserved that job.  Nebraska and the world deserved him.

  •  As a father of a 3 1/2 year old... (9+ / 0-)

    I am very sympathetic to those that are constantly catching bugs from their child in preschool.  May you both get well soon.  Go get some sleep & recharge your batteries.  Sleep for a day.

    But, the birth of my daughter those 3 1/2 years ago also got me back to being involved in politics.  I saw her & knew I had to work to make the world a better place for her.

    We just have to be patient and keep working.  The conservative movement was disgraced for decades after Supply Side economics caused the Great Depression in 1929, and then  prominent conservatives later advocated appeasing Hitler & Mussolini in the 30s and early 40s, or even allying with them.  It wasn't until the 1970s that they really started building their infrastructure from the ground on up, and it still took them years.

    Luckily, we are smarter and more creative than them, so it will hopefully take a lot less than 30 years for us to defeat the Dark Side.

    Meanwhile, I'll continue to be inspired by my little girl.  She's so shy & reserved, as you can see.

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  •  Call it the post-triumph letdown (4+ / 0-)
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    Sharoney, marjo, flumptytail, PaulGaskin

    College and professional athletes sometimes experience a short-term depression after an exceptional performance on the track, or a big victory on the court.

    What happens then is a craving to regain that elevated sense of glory, empowerment and achievement, which is a good thing, I suppose. The Olympic motto is: faster, farther, higher.

    The problem is when faster becomes driving too fast, farther becomes taking arguments too far, "higher" becomes getting high in the wrong place, in the wrong amount, at the wrong time.

    This, of course, being what our fine university was most concerned about: bad press, legal exposure, losing the services of fine scholarship athletes to, well, the stupid crap that fine scholarship athletes occasionally do. (Others do as well, but this isn't their story.)

    So, to mitigate the change of these non-good events occurring...oh, and to help make us happier athletes...a psychologist was brought in to give us a talk.

    It just happened to be a good one, not for the proposed solutionm which was to, as soon as practical after a big exhiliration of any sort, was to find a quiet place, or whatever passes for quiet, and just...relax. To think of sitting in a room full of really cool things (the materialist element was important to the speaker but annoying to me) or whatever place where just the idea of being there was a source of pride and confidence and strength.

    Just for a few minutes...then, supposedly, we'd gradually insulate ourselves from mood swings.

    Given that I never gave much currency to the advice, guess what I'm prone to? :)

    Still, it helped in some dark moments -- serious ones -- to be aware of the process, and I suspect that more than a few of the YKOS veterans know exactly what I am talking about when I mention the sense of disconnection and disorientation upon returning to our respective 'real' lives.

    Oh, one could get caught up in the particulars on one's YKOS experience, but I think most of the emotive weight was just being there for it.

    I learned all about this when I was on my university track team; I have to say I thought the speech was silly at the time, as at the time I had no idea what the coach was talking about, but the speech gradually made more sense to me.

    Point being - It's natural to be let down after being lifted up so high. :)

    If you're not on the crazy wild-eyed zealot bandwagon, then you're with the terrorists. :)

    by cskendrick on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:02:06 PM PST

  •  I feel the same way... (2+ / 0-)
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    marjo, flumptytail

    but we can take comfort in knowing:

    1. We showed a lot of conservative voters what a real live flesh-and-blood Democrat looks like and believes in. It looks like we popped alot of Republican voters' cherries this year.
    1. We built some great grassroots networks at the local level. A great side benefit of taking on longshot races is that we also ended up directing resources into areas that were in dire need of money and attention.
    1. Many of these candidates will be back and find their way into elected office at some point in the future. Our bench seems to be getting deeper every election cycle.
    1. Down ballot races. I'm guessing that their are more than a few state representatives and county commissioners who owe their election to the expanded playing field we created.
  •  Dems can expand on gains by proving their values (1+ / 0-)
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    marjo

    We made those Red districts a little less Red. How do we continue to move them in our direction?

    IMHO (as a pseudo wonk at best), the Dems will need to demonstrate that they have a spine and that they stand for something important. The handy excuse of being outnumbered no longer holds any water. Those who support the Constitution should sign on to HR 635, giving John Conyers a green light for investigating impeachable offenses.

    Then Nancy Pelosi should flop on supporting impeachment. Dubya's trial would be divisive, sure, but  'the Nuts' - and the media - would finally get a long overdue education. Those who stand up for the Constitution will get respect; those who won't - deserve none.

  •  I can hear Bittersweet Symphony playing (1+ / 0-)
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    brownsox

    in my head.

    Be the alien you want to see in the world.

    by PaulGaskin on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:05:25 PM PST

  •  Kos, you nailed it (4+ / 0-)
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    marjo, csuchas, nehark, flumptytail

    I have had the same feelings. One minute cheering that Rumsfeld is out (I even scared my dog), then tears when I see our front page with our new right wing govenor. Happy to hear our new madame speaker, but sad to peel off all 3 of my bumper stickers for Jack Carter, Jill Derby and Dina Titus.
    I know tomorrow will bring a clearer perspective as we all get back to work to turn this country around.

  •  Sad about Kleeb and Kissell (2+ / 0-)
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    brownsox, flumptytail

    Still DO NOT understand how either of them lost. Sad about Ford-though I knew all along it was a long shot.
    Overall, however, just so friggin happy I can not even stand to be in the same roon with myself!!!

  •  Try growing up a little (1+ / 0-)
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    marjo

    Perhaps this is because back then, you viewed the Reagan wins as victories; perhaps it's because you haven't been around in the world long enough to savor a real victory.  I don't know.  But I've ALWAYS been a Democrat, and believe me, while I regret the ones who lost, I am ecstatic over the wins. I had many friends who lost jobs in 1980 when the Republicans first took the Senate, and again in 1994 when they took the House - to see those losses reversed both in the same night is simply fantastic. This is beyond my wildest expectations, to take both Houses, and I thought it was beyond yours as well, based on your continued purposeful pessimism on this site for months.

    Pardon the expression, but I believe you invested a large part of your manhood in beating Lieberman, and you cannot get over the sour taste of his victory.  But as my former boss on the Hill always said to me, it's a long life in politics, and you're not going to win every battle.  We won huge here - I understand your bitterness about now being beholden to Lieberman for Democratic control of the Senate, but you know, just get over it.  And grow up - politics is not a game for sissies or children, and both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi understand that completely.  

    Why you are trying to bring down the victorious mood of the vast majority of your posters here is beyond me.  Have a little grace, will you?

    •  Why so rude? (3+ / 0-)
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      3goldens, Allogenes, flumptytail

      Many of us here feel disappointed about individual races we spent much time and effort on and candidates we felt like we got to know. Saying so isn't bringing down our mood--it's acknowledging it. It's human nature to feel bad for a good person who deserved to win and didn't, and after spending so much time with some of these candidates, that's how we think of them.

      It's OK to simultaneously feel victorious and excited, and at the same time, a little deflated about a candidate who was SO close and would have been SO awesome. Personally, I'm really sad about Kissell and Burner. I'm hoping against hope one of them can pull it off in the absentees, but I know it's unlikely. I'll get over it, but there's nothing wrong with grieving a little.

      •  I think kos is the one being rude (0+ / 0-)

        Why don't you ask Kos that question? He's the one letting his disappointment over some races overwhelm what should be an incredible sense of accomplished and joy at taking control of the Congress.  IMO, his ego is getting in the way of a clear view of reality here - he simply can't stand having lost to Lieberman, even though he wasn't the one who was running.

  •  There was definitely good news and bad news... (1+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail

    We took the Governor's office in Colorado and added a house congressional seat here in CD-7.

    But as I feared, on November 8, this is still the State of Tancredo and Musgrave.  And now we have added Lamborn.   Ouch!

    We have a lot of work to do.

    Let's get started!

  •  We pushed back the Neoconservative Tide..... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Allogenes, flumptytail

    .....it was a great victory, but now we have to follow them into THEIR turf and destroy them.

    2008.

  •  Be proud, Kos... (2+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, flumptytail

    ...a lot of this is because of you, and your commitment to grass-roots organizing, and your commitment to letting the truth out.

    We will never be done with this process, but we are a lot farther along than yesterday - know that you had a lot to do with that.

    "The waging of war, by its nature, is total - but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial." -- Daniel Berrigan

    by Rico on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:14:07 PM PST

  •  I know exactly what you mean... (2+ / 0-)

    There is also the fact that the Rethugs have left this nation in such sorry shape in so many ways that it has crossed my mind that the Dems will get all the clean-up - and maybe become tainted by the enormity of the fiscal, legal and general global perception problems...most of which are sadly justified.

    However, there is something else to be really cheered by, Kos. We, The People have demonstrated to the world that We, The People really can grab hold of our leaders. This, alone, should give solace.

    We are no longer victims of a heartless regime.
    Democracy, even when corrupted by evil men (and women), can be recovered.

    This will strengthen our position in the world.
    Now we have to make sure any tentative trust placed in the USofA is justified.

    Feel Better,

    If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

    by illyia on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:14:49 PM PST

  •  You helped change America (2+ / 0-)
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    marjo, flumptytail

    I understand the frustration - I'm still gnawing my lip over Lamont - but if anyone should take strength and solace from what happened last night it's you,Kos. The country is better today because of your Herculean efforts. And, yes, it's something we did together. And, yes, in some ways you were the right guy in the right place at the right time. But the fact is, you made a difference -- a huge difference -- in not only the country, but, by extension, the world.

    Sleep well, and angels sing you to your rest, because what you have done is extraordinary.

  •  How do we help the ones who didn't quite make it? (1+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail

    I may be naive, but I think the best way to help the ones who fell a little short is for the Democrats to do a good job at governing the country.  

    My greatest hope is that the divisive social issues like abortion and gay marriage will quietly recede from the front pages.  

    If the Democrats can help get us on track in Iraq and start chipping away at the massive deficits, it becomes much easier for pepole like Kleeb to win in 2008.

    Get some rest, and thanks for making this place available for us to learn, debate and organize our forces.

    makfan, San Francisco, -4.25 / -5.33

    by makfan on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:17:08 PM PST

  •  Marcos, you've earned a rest! (4+ / 0-)
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    marjo, 3goldens, Allogenes, flumptytail

    You should be extremely proud of what you've accomplished in the last few years.  You've earned an honored place in the history of this country.  Hats off to you, sir.

  •  Kos, you're a visionary (3+ / 0-)

    Looking beyond the horizon. And that attitude is what's gotten us so far. That spirit will get us so much farther. Thanks for carrying the torch and spreading the flame. We have a government that looks more like America with every election, and while I'm disappointed by falling short here and there and the obstacles still to come, an exponential leap like a female Speaker of the House keeps me striving ever forward. And now America's moving with us--because we've stood up for what we believe in and shaped the debate.

    Buckle your handbaskets, America.

    by Soy Lechithin on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:17:14 PM PST

  •  Same Here, Recovering from losing favorites (2+ / 0-)

    I was the tech guy on the web site for CA-24, but it turns out we lost by a lot. 38.9% to 61.1%. I always knew it was a long shot, but I had at least wanted to whittle away at the gerrymandered-in lead. The R candidate only came down 1.8% over his 2004 result. Fooey. 5% would have been nice. Then I could have said that in one or two more times the trend would make it go our way. Oh well. Time to rest and regroup for the next thing.

    One more not of mourning, I only got my way on 4 of 13 of the CA ballot measures. :-(

  •  Kos, be encouraged... (5+ / 0-)

    Your ideas leveraged the Democratic party and empowered the people of this country. Rest, dear Kos. Your humility astounds me. Can't you see the beauty of what you've accomplished? This tidal wave victory is the first of many. You've saved lives, limbs, and families. Rest, Kos. You deserve it. You've given us hope for the first time in years.

    'Why are you leaving the war, Amphiaraus,' the others shouted...because his purpose was seeing too far ahead... - Dante's Inferno

    by IdeaGenerator on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:19:29 PM PST

    •  you've saved lives, you've saved our country (5+ / 0-)

      you created an answer for the right wing noise machine that disseminated information and raised money and changed minds and won elections.

      just as hate radio was designed to reach its particular demographic target, you created something of unique and influential value for our demographic--intelligent, aware, reality-based Democrats.  And although there are fewer of us than hate-radio listening Faux news watchers, our combined talents, focused and magnified by the tool of this website, made us a more effective political force this time around.

      so do hold on to that humility, kos, because that combination of humility and self-assuredness is part of what makes you, you.  But we all know that you deserve a lot of credit for this.  If we had lost big, the wingnuts to a man would be saying it was your fault.  So we won big.  Feel free to take a bow.

      Followed by taking a long quiet nap!

      Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. TESTER WON, WEBB WON, DEMOCRATS CONTROL BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS!

      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:50:39 PM PST

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  •  Welcome to leadership, Kos (5+ / 0-)

    You're now a significant mover and shaker in the Democratic party and in the American political system.

    Part of being one of the big boys is having to live with hard decisions about how you direct your resources and (more importantly) your influence.  Not all of those decisions pay off.  We all took a risk with Ned Lamont.  We lost.  That doesn't mean it wasn't worth trying.  Backing Jim Webb was a huge risk, too, and that one looks like it might pay off big time.  Backing Jon Tester sure as hell paid off.  You know you got it right when the corporate suits start taking credit for it.

    And part of being a strong leader is that you're never satisfied.  Get used to it.  You're doing fine.

  •  The next two years (3+ / 0-)

    will give the Democrats the opportunity to show the American people that they're not the Spawn of Satan that the Religious Reich has portrayed them as being, and not the Al Qaeda operative wolves in sheep's clothing as claimed by Bush and his ilk. ("Ilk" -- there's a great word to use when you're pissed!)

    The Dems need to stand strong and work on the base agenda -- raise the minimum wage, do something about health care, strengthen airline and port security, put real checks and balances on presidential power grabs -- then sit back and see if Bush brings out the veto stamp, proving to the American voters just who has their best interests at heart...

    Go get some sleep, Kos...I'm off to nap myself and try to get my eyes working again (combination too much computing last night and a major eye exam this morning)...

    -- "...the worst Presidency since James Buchanan..." -- KO, 9/25/06

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:24:55 PM PST

  •  Kos... (3+ / 0-)
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    glad you're on the case.  Rest, regroup, and come back filled with ideas.  We have to build, build, build on our successes.  We only have the world to change, and we've just started.

    A member of the demonizing, hating, virulent, character- assassinating left of the Democratic Party...or am I?

    by marjo on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:30:38 PM PST

  •  I was so excited about Grant and Trauner (4+ / 0-)

    that I think I am taking their losses the hardest of the losses.

    But when I start to feel bad about how much better things could have been, I reassure myself that it's a long process.  Lamont and Grant and Trauner and Burner and Kleeb and Ford and others can run again.  "Run twice to win once."  It's unreasonable to expect so many first-timers to all win the first time they run.  This is the beginning of something big and although they didn't get in on the first wave, there's plenty of time.

    Whenever I need a pick me up I think about the first black governor of Massachusetts and I feel such a thrill about Deval Patrick that I just about pop with glee.

    And we'll celebrate even bigger in two years when a Dem takes the White House and WE control all three branches of government.  People will be able to see the difference between the country under D rule and under R rule, and they'll be so grateful that Dems will stay in power for the next two generations.

    Get some sleep, kos.  You've worked really hard for too many days in a row.  Thanks for everything you did to support netroots candidates and bring people from the third tier to the first tier to electoral victory.  Take a nice long refreshing break.  While you're resting up, we'll party a little, and then the work begins in earnest for '08.

    Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D. TESTER WON, WEBB WON, DEMOCRATS CONTROL BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS!

    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:31:48 PM PST

  •  I was feelling the same way... (2+ / 0-)
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    not only not satisfied, but mad. mad about all those people who voted Republican but who say "ok you Democrats better deliver," "OK you Democrats better not be too liberal." Fuck all y'all, I've worked my ass off so YOU can have an America that doesn't suck, and you don't even get it. You all want failed Republican policies, fine, take them, go move to Republicanistan. fuck. and all these people calling for moderation. If you wanted moderation, why the FUCK did you re-elect the most divisive extremist president that there's ever been. moderation my ass, you have no right to ask for moderation.

    fuel for the fire for the future...

    "When people think, Democrats win." - Bill Clinton

    by Todd Beeton on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:32:17 PM PST

    •  Fuckin Ay! Damn Straight! Hear Hear! etc... (0+ / 0-)

      I love your sig too, short, sweet, and oh so true...

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      We are all atheists about most of the gods that society has ever believed in - some of us just go one god further
      -- Richard Dawkin

      by deafmetal on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:48:05 PM PST

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  •  Sali and ID-01 (2+ / 0-)

    Here's what I think needs to happen, starting tomorrow:

    We need a team of volunteers in the district to maintain a tight network of contacts in the local media, amass detailed information on Sali's activities, regularly expose his buffonery over the next two years, find every single potential Democrat and register them, reach out to Independents non-stop for the next two years, and develop a plan for winning over Republicans.

    This year taught us the wisdom of taking the fight to the Republicans.  That's why we need to keep Idaho in our sights, even though it's red.  We've already made this district less Red this year.  We can count on Sali to do lots of dumb things over the next term so if we build a solid communications, campaigning, and GOTV effort in ID-01 we can take it!  Particularly if our 2008 presidential winner has coattails.

    To win it, though, probably does require that we start work right away.

  •  Class Markos. Lotsa Class. (1+ / 0-)
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    ...we just helped deliver.

    Understatement of the Year Bud!

    Let's review your record Markos.

    Tester. Webb. 50 State. How many others?  The digital equivalent of a nonstop 24/7 chow hall for an entire Army of change...
    Maybe you missed Harry Reids Vid eh? Or Perhaps you got a little bug from devouring  David Frum whole the other night heh heh
    heh

    Not goin there on any piffle.

    Democrats: Putting Intelligence Back Into National Security

    by Robert Davies on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:34:55 PM PST

  •  The perfect is the enemy of the GREAT (2+ / 0-)
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    Yesterday wasn't just a good day... it was a GREAT day. No, it wasn't perfect.  But it was surely great.  

    We may never see the Democrats win such an overwhelming victory again in our lifetimes.  Hopefully, we'll never need to see it.

  •  Obsessing over what we lost is a GREAT sign (3+ / 0-)

    First, let's not forget about Hackett. He was just as much of a loss as Lamont.

    Second, let's not forget that the only people who stopped us from winning more on Tuesday were Rahm, Schumer, and the rest of the DLC clowns.

    Those guys remind me of the great joke about Dean Smith (former basketball coach at North Carolina) whose teams fully of great players ALWAYS underperformed. Despite that, Smith has a reputation as one of the greatest coaches ever. The joke is: who was the only man who ever stopped Michael Jordan. The answer: Dean Smith because he was such a bad coach.

    Anyway, Rahm and Schumer are the Dean Smith's of politics. Great reputations based on coaching in overwhelmingly good circumstances.

    Let's celebrate today, but get up tomorrow determined to keep fighting the fight. After all, the primaries are only a few months away.

  •  My Dear Kos: (0+ / 0-)

    You're my kind of politics-in-the-blood progressive. Norm Ornstein of American Enterprise (think what you will of his politics, he can be pretty even-handed at times) mourned the loss of people who wished to participate in American politics as genuine politicians. Not in the perjorative sense of "corrupt opportunist", but in the sense of a Mr./Ms. Smith (without the naivete) willing to roll up his/her sleeve and jump into the debate and lawmaking "give-and-take" with a real love of the political process, and a genuine regard for the interests of the American people. Like you, I'd like to see the Kleebs, the Madrids, the Kissells, and others get in in 2008. I'll be more than willing to make that part of my focus along with others here; it'll help consolidate the Democratic position in both chambers of Congress, plus get us the presidency, I believe.

    My first order of business, however, is to see that the current Democratic leadership does their job intelligently and does it with integrity. After all, we're preparing for 2008 starting NOW. We/they must get the "ethics thing" right, and fully transparent. Get the Iraq debacle straightened out. Roll back the telcos' attempts to co-opt the internet for profit and control over the political dialogue. Force the Bush Justice Department/backpocket FCC to push back rules enabling media concentration by the BIG FIVE media megalopolies. Get back Habeus Corpus. Repeal all the crappy legislation enabling torture, domestic wiretap spying, the toxic and fascist excesses of the entire Patriot Act I and II; and so forth. And create fully transparent, easily administered, paper-based vote-by-mail local, state and national voting systems, with certified mail receipt and other safeguards to make voter participation "fall-off-your-high-horse" simple. Economic reform; reversal of ultra-wealth's class warfare gains against the middle class. Education. Crime reform. Dismantling the domestic gulag facilities.

    Um, hope your rest is restorative. Looking forward to joining you and the other able, creative, noble and courageous members of this community to make "the progressive politics with integrity" a permanent component of the American political landscape.

    Damn it, they're on to us! Quick, break out the fearmongering MSM noise machine, or we'll all wind up in prison! --Fearful NeoCon Fascists

    by Enough Talk Lets Get Busy on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 01:46:59 PM PST

  •  What we can do (1+ / 0-)
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    It is not enough to elect our candidates to office because a lot depends on what they do once they get there. Critics are saying that the congress will not be able to pass any meaningful legislation. Bill Clinton is right when he says we need to work for the common good. If the Democrats we have elected do nothing to promote and advance the common good, then they will not stay in Congress very long and we will not be able to send more like them to Washington. What we can do is to continue to support them now that they are there. A lot of them are newbies and will need to learn the ropes. Imagine if you were brand new in Congress. It's your first day on the job and you need to define yourself in your new role. Where do you look for guidance and support? Now that we got them there, we should not now abandon them and assume that they will be successful without our continuous support. Can we find a way to gently guide our newly elected Democrats so that they will grow in leadership and become the champions for the middle class that we hope they will become? We need to nurture them so they will not get lost in the woods as so many have before them. Find out what it is they need to thrive in the DC environment. Don't let them lose touch and fall prey to bad influences. They still need us. Ask them what we can do to support their success. We can be there for them and offer constructive criticism when needed and praise them when they do a good job. Specifically, I think we can form issue teams to provide support and advocacy for
    the approaches that will lead to action for the common good. Encourage volunteers to form discussion groups to find out how we can support our people in a practical way now that we have elected them. Our job is not done just because the election is over. This is a long term project. Let's build on our success by reinforcing the foundation we created on Nov 7. We need to send each and every one of them our congratulations and for the ones who did not make it, I think they need our support also because they probably feel bad. I know this might sound simple but they are human beings and I think they need to know we appreciate their efforts.

  •  I'll trade my car for a Duckworth re-do (2+ / 0-)
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    I hear ya Kos, there might be one "goddamnit, but if only!" for all of us.  I don't think I'll ever be able to look at someone from Elk Grove Village, IL, without wanting to ask them "what the hell's wrong with you?!  and if not you, your neighbors?!"

    My one and only corny lame personal message to Kos to date follows.  Really, I've never gotten syrupy before that I recall, so on this Nov. 8, indulge me.

    Markos, I found out about this site sometime in 2002 or 2003 I think.  At the time, I was looking for an informational resource to help me prepare for decisions in the '04 election.  Frankly, google just dumped me here.  Over the course of that election, it helped sharpen my understanding of issues, refine my talking points, and really help prepare me to be a high-advocacy member of the electorate, more of an activist than I'd been really in decades.

    November 8, 2004 stands as one of the worst days of my life.   I won't get into the specifics, since we all have our own set.  But your strength, resolve, and ability to understand how to rearm for the next struggle has been invaluable to me in staying involved in the process.  You, this resource, this community (shout out to georgia10 here), was what I turned to, to understand how to frame issues when talking to strangers during GOTV efforts, to knowing who and how to target things during media blitzes, to having the courage to debate my points with conviction in the face of pretty strident and angry pushback from people in social situations, on talk radio callins....

    Kos, you helped me find my courage to be an American this year, and I'll never forget ya for it.  Put your feet up and have an ice cold whiskey or something.  You deserve it beyond all deserving.

    -- Wayne from the Cambridge, MA book signing

  •  I share some of your bittersweet (2+ / 0-)
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    emotion, and I think it is both understandable and predictable.

    One reason we did so well is that we fielded so many wonderful candidates who were willing to put themselves nobly on the line for what most predicted (and in many cases was) a lost cause.  Those who were willing to dedicate themselves to such a task had a character and determination and a passion that we recognized, valued, and responded to with passion and caring of our own.

    That's why so many voters responded as well. And it's why we care so much about the ones that did lose, even when intellectually we knew that that was probably what the result was going to be.  They, and we, took the emotional risk of fighting the battles we suspected we'd lose but which would win the bigger war.  Those risks were necessary and were what led to today's victories, but it's hard to see virtue go unrewarded on the individual level.

    It's so very much harder to come close to winning and then lose than it is to really never have a chance, because it's so easy to imagine what might have been.  However, soon our grief over that lost vision will transform into a cool-eyed determination to do better next time.

    Today I've personally regained hope, and I can believe that next time fewer sacrificial battles will have to be made.  The tide has finally turned.  Next time I truly believe that many more of our heroes will make it to the finish line first.

  •  You did well, Grasshopper.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Get some rest.  

    As for your negative thoughts, who was it that said: "The perfect is the enemy of the good"?

    We did good.  Enjoy the cool of the evening.

  •  I'm feeling what you're feeling (2+ / 0-)
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    It seems greedy considering how much we got, but I'm disappointed for the losses too. I got my Big Two: Ted Strickland is Ohio's next governor and Jennifer Brunner is Ohio's next Secretary of State.  Defeating the infamous, odious Ken Blackwell in the gubernatorial race was essential as was defeating Greg "Texas son of Dick Cheney's lawyer" Hartmann. And I got my #3, considered a bit of a long shot: Meet Marc Dann, Ohio's new Attorney General. Slogan: He will clean up the corruption. God knows Ohio has enough to keep him busy for years to come. And Ruch Cordray beat his totally incompetent wingnut opponent for treasurer. But I wanted a clean sweep ,and Barbara Sykes, who is so inspiring and enthusiastic and qualified, lost the auditor race, it appears, to Mary Taylor, who in the last month has been exposed with an indisputable smoking gun to be part of the kickback, favours-seeking culture of corruption of Ohio's GOP. Damn! We also have a 100% bought-and-paid-for-by-corporate-interests Supreme Court (Lotsa luck if you are a small business suing a corporate donor! Your chances of a fair hearing are zero), returning the horrible Terrence O'Donnell whom the NY Times wrote about last month in a huge front-page story that revealed he votes with his campaign doors 91% of the time.

    I'm also devastated about Dr. Vic Wulsin in Oh-2 who outraised and outcampaigned Mean Jean, one of the worst congresspeople and candidates in the country, who embarassed herself repeatedly during the campaign. Are there really this many far-gone Republicans who could prefer someone that cringe-worthy over someone as intelligent, thoughtful, well-spoken and compassionate as Dr. Vic? Wulsin would have been such a credit to the House while Schmidt shames it every day.

    On the other hand, my own congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, was practically floating when she hosted the Sherrod Brown victory event at Cleveland's convention center. She was on fire! In the middle of her speech, Mikey DeWhiny's cncession speech came up on the screen and she turned and waved bye-bye and the whole crowd started singing "na na na hey hey hey goodbye" and waving.
    Poor widdle Mikey. He looked like he was about to cry. My heart borke- NOT!

    http://www.jenniferbrunner.com/

    by anastasia p on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:01:03 PM PST

  •  My toughts exactly Kos... (1+ / 0-)
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    Here in Miami-Dade county our candidates (Frank Gonzalez, Dave Patlak, and Michael Calderin) all came within 10 points of squeeking out a win in 3 gerrymandered Republican seats.

    The press, the national party, the state party, and the pundits all left us for dead from the start of the campaigns but never did they predict that we'd amount such great results despite the opposition.

    Frank Gonzalez spent no more than $13k vs Lincoln Diaz-Balart with $1 Million+ in his warchest, yet Frank still gave Lincoln a hell of a fight.

    This morning's results:

    District 21
    Lincoln Diaz-Balart(REP)

    Total 65,271

    % Votes 59%

    Frank Gonzalez(DEM)
    44,910
    % Votes 41%

    See here why this Grassroots campaign was so successfully: http://www.youtube.com/...

    We're going to meet this weekend to prepare for Frank Gonzalez' 2008 campaign. We just need to clear that 10 point gap and we'll grow our Majority in congress!!

    Get some rest.

  •  Perhaps this is a good premise for your next... (1+ / 0-)
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    book: Storming the Palace

    Go get some rest, you deserve it.

  •  Just like after 2000, 2002 and 2004, kos... (0+ / 0-)

    Take that hurt and pain and turn it into action. The lesson of today is that, yes, hard work does pay off. Let's keep working harder. (But I think you should take a couple weeks off...)

    Hope you can still make the Sam Seder Show tomorrow!

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people

    by The Icelander on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:10:11 PM PST

    •  Funny, and we actually won 2000, 2002, 2004, too. (0+ / 0-)

      "We've won! Now, let's get on with it." is my mantra until there is no more corruption in US politics. In other words, I expect to be busy the rest of my long, productive and wonderful life. I look forward to sharing at least some of it with this awesome Kos community.

      Damn it, they're on to us! Quick, break out the fearmongering MSM noise machine, or we'll all wind up in prison! --Fearful NeoCon Fascists

      by Enough Talk Lets Get Busy on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:33:06 PM PST

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  •  MY RESPECTS FOR THE NETROOTS FROM FINLAND (6+ / 0-)

    Last night [my time is GMT + 02:00] I was talking via Skype to an old friend of mine in Cleveland, OH. Man, was she happy:"All the statewide offices on the ticket are ours! Now I'm not gonna have to sell my house and move to Canada 'cause it's day-
    light again in Ohio!"

    So thank you all good people for a wonder-
    full job you've done!

    Arto K. Eskelinen

    deep blue social democrat
    in Jyvaskyla, Finland, EU.

    •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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      And what your friend said is right:  It's daylight in Ohio and a whole bunch of other places across this country.  And we're going to "grow" that daylight until the light from it shines and disinfects and destroys the greed and filth of the last several years.  For the first time in several years, I and I hope many others here have something I've missed sorely:  HOPE.    

  •  Recovering from a Marathon (2+ / 0-)
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    Excerpted from

    Who Am I When I'm Not Training for a Marathon? by marathon walking coach Ellie Hodder (fairly heavily so that you don't kill her site with traffic) .

    You find yourself feeling lost, out of sorts and lonely in a way that's hard to explain to your family and friends who didn't do the marathon with you and who have been waiting patiently for everything to "get back to normal." There's something vaguely familiar about this feeling, but it takes awhile to remember it's how you felt the day after the last performance of the Senior play in high school.

    You are in the recovery phase, the odd duck of event training. Recovery is an inevitable and necessary phase of event training. It is the all-important quiet time, always quiet, which is in sharp contrast to the frenetic energy of the last few months before the marathon. It is hardly surprising to know that this is a time when many marathoners report a case of the blues or a period of depression. . . .

    Knowing that a recovery phase follows every major event as surely as autumn follows summer is one way to be prepared to take full advantage of and, even enjoy the differences. It is an opportunity to regenerate friendships with those who waited lovingly for more of the pleasure of your company while you were engrossed in hours of training. It is an opportunity to look back and own the positives of the experiences you chose for yourself. It is about taking time to be still, to be with yourself and to be inwardly, rather than outwardly, focussed.

    We're all a bit burnt out and we'd be feeling sad - after all the balloons popped - even if we'd won every single election.

    Kos and everybody - please give yourselves some excellent self-care over the next few days and weeks.  We'll need to be back on our toes to support Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid.

  •  Personally, I'm Refreshed! (3+ / 0-)

    I'm out in California, so I was able to see much of the returns come in while still getting to bed at a reasonable time. I usually get right to sleep, but I just rolled around for about an hour. Woke up twice, it just seemed too hot, etc. It didn't help that one of the last things I saw on the tube was Mehlman's rubbery face telling me that the Maryland Senate seat was still in place. Yet, Webb went up just as I turned the computer off.

    Man, I was worn out this morning, until I got online. Missouri in the win column! Up in Montana and Virginia. There was no one I personally wanted to see go down more that that vile stink-hole Allen. Anyways, it was like a shot of adrenaline! We won the Senate and the House! I've been high on that all day.

    Kos, I love your comments about the all the great candidates that came up short. Charlie Brown was another one. Those guys deserve a bigger "thank you" than the winners. For some time I've planning on moving up to Doolittle's district, and may well do that in the coming year. So we fight on in '08. No, I'm not satisfied. Maybe Doolittle is in jail by '08, but whatever the case CA-04 is going blue in two years.

    Let's celebrate today, for there is work tomorrow!

    Thank you, Kos!

  •  Democrats won big time (1+ / 0-)
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    Our victories were big and hard fought.  We just made red red areas look mighty purple or almost blue.  An impressive feat indeed.

    All of the candidates who put up strong challenges to incumbent Republicans deserve kudos from us.

    Consider this election a sign of what the Dems can do when we stay on message about issues and have strong 50 state GOTV operations.

    Get better soon - we were sick for a year straight too when our toddler went out into the world!

    Say nothing once, why say it again? - Talking Heads

    by Jason on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:18:23 PM PST

  •  not surprising (1+ / 0-)
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    Even if we had won those races you'd probably feel depressed. Theres something very post-pardum about the day after an election. All that adrenalin and excitement is suddenly gone. Especially for someone who spends all their time focused on, living and breathing the election theres always going to be a let down afterwards.

    It took them 30 years- don't give up hope after 3

    by js noble on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:21:02 PM PST

  •  The mood in Idaho is (4+ / 0-)

    definitely bittersweet today. We wanted so badly to be part of the blue wave.  All is not lost however, we did pick up a few seats in the state legislature in, as republican gov elect Otter put it giddily, the reddest of the red states. Thanks to strong campaigns, 50 state strategy and netroots support the Idaho Democrats are revitalized.

    ...the fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city Idaho... -JFK MG

    by MountainGoat on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:21:10 PM PST

  •  Don't feel so bad, Markos (2+ / 0-)
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    It's the feeling after all the Christmas presents are opened and we look around and think:  Wow!  I guess that's it.  You deserve a good rest and some TLC to take care of that cold (chicken soup, son!). Come back to this place refreshed and renewed.  And I'd just like to say a personal thanks for providing this site and giving us the opportunity to be so connected.  The work of those of you who led the "crashing of the gates" is nothing short of amazing.  And although the losses hurt, this effort has given us something for our tried patience and our tried souls and that is HOPE.  And that feels darn good right now!

  •  Markos, you and Dr. Dean deserve a lot of credit (4+ / 0-)

    for the victories last night.

    When I first read your book Crashing the Gate last spring, I felt tremendous surges of hope that maybe, just maybe, we could take on the 'Pukes this year and win.

    One of my first moves was signing on to Dean's Democracy Bond program, after hearing about his 50-State Strategy (that's donating a certain amount of $$ each and every month).

    Both you guys said it right - we should NOT write off ANY state or ANY race.  We should put up a fight in EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM, because we never know how many UNEXPECTED victories could come out of our efforts.  And in those areas where we fall short a little, well, we soften up that area for 2 years later.

    And, our victories in the state legislatures this year will only make those areas even more amenable to victory in 2008.

    Yes, I am disappointed we didn't do better in some spots I felt we had a chance to win.  But in less than 2 years, Dean's 50-State Strategy is already starting to bear fruit.  Less than 2 years, BTW, is WAY ahead of schedule - Dr. Dean's program is meant to be for long-term, for 2008 and beyond.

    Well, today, I'm celebrating.  Tomorrow, it's back to business.

  •  Kos, (3+ / 0-)

    you're a huge part of why we did so well so it's no surprise to me your still not satisfied. You're going to lead us beyond the norm and into a new progressive govt. with real legs and being unsatisfied with no less is the reason why.

    just another day in paradise.

    by leftout on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:27:14 PM PST

  •  Lamont and Angelides (0+ / 0-)

    I'm having a hard time dealing with the the Lamont and Angelides races. Both of them ran excellent primary campaigns to win the nomination but then completely fell apart in the general.

    Lamont, more than Angelides, suffered from the national ticket becoming more competitive. If there hadn't been the chance to win back the Senate and the House, more Democrats would have made their way up to Conneticut. But, at the end of the day, the Democrats in Washington didn't see the Lieberman win as a loss and focused their attention elsewhere. It would be interesting to know whether Lamont asked for more help and was denied or if he never asked for help. I do feel that his decision to go on "vacation" right after the primary was a HUGE mistake and killed his momentum.

    As a California resident, I never saw anything from Angelides. Considering how much money he spent beating Westly, he needed to do much more to even have a chance. And, give it up for Arnold, he used the bully pulpit as Governor very well.

  •  Bittersweet - and yet (long).... (0+ / 0-)

    I modified an old family tradition, started when my mom first ran for office in Western NY. The family's political junkies (Mom, Dad, and I)would gather around the TV and watch the returns.

    I live 15 hours away now, but knew this year would be special, so I called them up around 9pm Eastern, and we did the same via telephone for 3 solid hours. Drove my wife crazy, and to bed early...

    I listened as my parents shuffled back and forth between TV and the NHNPR website, and grew more and more excited as Shea-Porter caught and passed Bradley (they sounded like they were at a UNH hockey game).

    They heard me aghast about Lamont, and urging on those netroots challengers I grew to admire through Dkos. The more they heard "C'mon Larry, Tammy, Scott, etc...", the more they asked who they were. The more I told them, the more they rooted for them as well.

    I understand that "you can't win them all". but after listening to Ford's concession speech, I am ever hopeful that Duckworth, Kleeb, Eric Massa, Brian Keeler, et al. will start working toward running again ASAP.

    I'll be working too, toward being able to donate more time and money, both locally and nationally to keep this new wave from crashing too early.

  •  It's OK to sleep this time. The results won't be (3+ / 0-)
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    changed while we sleep.

    Thank you for this forum and for all that you do.

    Sleep well and dream of a better America.

    Illegitimi non carborundum

    by truebeliever on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:29:52 PM PST

  •  Hey Kos (1+ / 0-)
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    Nice work.  Get some sleep.  And watch out for those ear infections now that preschool is started.

    (-7.25, -5.85) "Talk amongst yourselves. The Christian Right: neither Christian nor right. Discuss." --Linda Richman

    by Slartibartfast on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:33:12 PM PST

  •  Texas race, U. S. Senate (2+ / 0-)
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    The incumbent is Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, who was re-elected with 61.6 %. She is very much a party loyalist.
    The Democrat was Barbara Ann Radnofsky of Houston. A very good candidate, I think, but underestimated. It is very hard to get most Texas voters to check out a new candidate without spending a mint. She did not get much help from Washington either.
    She said last night she has not decided whether to run again. I hope she does. John Cornyn appears more vulnerable than Hutchison. Last night I told her campaign manager last night that Ralph Yarborough had to run many times before he got elected to a statewide office. (U. S. Senator, 1957-1970)
    Barbara worked hard on meeting as many Texans as possible. When traveling she stayed with friends and supporters rather than run up hotel expenses. She is a fluent speaker and a very genuine person.
    I liked an E-mail she sent out recently where she alluded to Eisenhower's speech on the military-industrial complex.
  •  Focused. Implacable. Eyes on the prize. Now we (0+ / 0-)

    have work to do to consolidate House and Senate gains, win the White House in 2008, co-opt the GOP's fraudulent manipulation of well-intentioned evangelicals, and join progressives with libertarians in a powerful forward momentum.

    >>Hope Lieberman remembers all his pledges to "caucus with the Democrats". It'll be hellfire and damnation for him if he minces coyly between the Democrats and the Republicans in some kind of Narcissistic self-promotion over the next two years.

    Damn it, they're on to us! Quick, break out the fearmongering MSM noise machine, or we'll all wind up in prison! --Fearful NeoCon Fascists

    by Enough Talk Lets Get Busy on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 02:39:10 PM PST

  •  Merci, Merci, Merci... (0+ / 0-)

    Thank You Kos

  •  GET SOME SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM (1+ / 0-)
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    Dear Kos:

    You stated that "I won't be satisfied until our best candidates have a serious fighting chance, in every district around the country".

    Well here's a flag for them to rally around:

    OUR BEST CANDIDATES SHOULD HAVE A BANNER BEHIND THEM AT EVERY SPEECH THEY MAKE, and that banner should read: $2,75 TRILLION DOLLARS, and climbing.
    And then explain that that amount is the deficit that George W Bush has added since he took office, and it is climbing all the time he stays in office.

    Jonathan Fast

  •  You're amazing, Markos (4+ / 0-)

    For all of what it is here and has been accomplished.  

    Further, your leadership is by example.

    What an extraordinary example you have been and continue to be.  Hell, what you did last night alone deserves a gold star for valor.

    Get well!

  •  Yes, bittersweet. (0+ / 0-)

    We here in TX feel that very deeply. At least I do.

    It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. -Moliere

    by redqueen on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 03:10:35 PM PST

  •  OMG! (0+ / 0-)

    Adam Nagourney was right!

  •  I knew KOS wasn't himself (0+ / 0-)

    I'm glad he told us what was going on

    Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

    by Cat4everrr on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 03:36:27 PM PST

  •  Putting your heart into candidates (0+ / 0-)

    I promised myself never to put my heart into another candidate after Howard Dean but what did I do?  I turned around and put my heart into Mfume.  I know exactly how you feel with Lamont's lost.  So I've renewed my vow to never put my heart into another candidate.  We'll see how long it lasts this time.

    Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge

    by Cat4everrr on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 03:42:27 PM PST

  •  We've made a difference. (1+ / 0-)
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    Kos,

    You've made a huge difference, this blog has made a difference and every one of us HERE have made a difference!  We've opened the eyes of many, many people.  Remember how bad we felt two years ago, and enjoy the moment today.  We won't let up, but for now let's enjoy the sweet taste of victory!

  •  Red-Blue meme needs to go because (1+ / 0-)
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    it hurts rather than helps.

    Red, white, and blue.
    Not so divisive.

    AND, besides...some GOP strategist crafted it to make us look effete and weak (blue) instead of vigorous and strong (red).

    When I was young, TV used Red for Dems and Blue for GOP.

    Seriously.

  •  Now is the time for all good dads to get rest... (0+ / 0-)

    KOS- Remember that line from typing class?
    cmlee@neteze.com

  •  what you're going through is normal... (5+ / 0-)

    ...it's just natural exhaustion after a huge amount of work and a climactic conclusion.  Geeks get this all the time after wrapping up a project, civil engineers get it after finishing a building or a bridge, warrior get it after winning a battle, and I'm sure Nancy et. al. have it as well.

    Also, after the siege is over and the battle is won, the body turns down its defenses a notch and that's where colds can creep in.  

    The sense of mild depression is also normal, after the body and mind have been on overdrive.  Think of it as the emotional equivalent of an after-image, where you look at a lightbulb, then look away and see dark spots for a little while.  

    All of this will pass shortly, you can count on it.  And in the meantime, you've moved mountains and contributed mightily toward saving the Constitution from enemies foreign & domestic.  

    Enjoy all the hugs & kisses from your family at home, and the online hugs from all of us out here, take the well-deserved rest for a couple of days, and you'll be back quickly.

    Online hugs from me too.  Words barely do justice but you know what we mean.  

  •  LINK: Music for Kos Family and ALL: (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.niehs.nih.gov/...

    with lyrics.

    PERFECT!

    FDR chose it as his convention theme song.

    Feels gooooooood to sing!

  •  Pigs are flying: the netroots get the TNR love! (1+ / 0-)
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    Believe it or don't, someone at TNR is actually onto something:

    "Who deserves credit for the Democratic comeback?
    ....In fact, while the tidal wave in the House looks like a bit of strategic genius by Emanuel--...--in race after race, it actually represents the apotheosis of forces Emanuel has doubted all long: the netroots."

    Some people just take a long time to see the reality under their nose, and others are Republican.

  •  how? runoff voting (2+ / 0-)
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    Kos asked:

    How do we get more regular people in the House and Senate? How can we better hold incumbents accountable for their lack of performance?

    As long as you are asking, my first answer is:

    Runoff voting

    What?

    Yes

    Runoff voting

    This won't be the last time you hear about runoff voting.  

    Citizens want their power back.

    A crucial ingredient of the remedy is

    Runoff voting.

    I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
    George Washington

    by mrcoder on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 04:55:12 PM PST

  •  At the risk of bumming folks out... (0+ / 0-)

    ...--but, then again, at the risk of making them ecstatic--...

    As I read your entry, Kos, I was sort of expecting to hear you drop that last shoe, and I was surprised not to hear it.

    It's unavoidable:  We have to stop and look at the new situation and ask ourselves--honestly, now--whether we can reasonably expect a quantum leap in the actual, palpable quality of governance these changes will reap the American people.

    It's nice to idealize this, but resist that temptation.  It's never too soon to get real.

    There are still miracles to be worked.  The Republicans have left a very real, smoking hole of a mess.  The real work begins.  If you can look deep in yourself and honestly answer, in the affirmative, the question, Do we have a clear path out of the quagmire? then we can all rejoice, in the here and now.

    Granted, even if we can't answer that question in the affirmative at this time, that doesn't mean we should be bummed out.  It just means that we have to tough it out and trust the angels of our natures.  While I do pale at the thought that those angels might not come through with the needed goods, it's too soon to say; we just need to give them the chance and keep hope.

    In short:  The election is over.  Governance begins.

  •  Indeed (0+ / 0-)

    I share your sentiment.  Governor Goodhair, Kay Bailey---whom I detest, and the rest of the corrupt Rethugs in Texas still rule like kingpins.  But at least we have a good start in ridding the country of these criminals.  Maybe some of our favorite candidates will be available when badly needed investigations expose the crimes of these corrupt politicians and they're frog marched out of the halls of Congress.

    Best way to get rid of colds quickly:  Zicam swabs (NOT the nasal spray) and Coldeeze cough drops. Use liberally throughout your cold.

    Now get some rest!

    ...and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.

    by rlharry on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 04:57:52 PM PST

  •  That's the problem with political battles (1+ / 0-)
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    Once the election is over you are emotionally drained, win or lose.  But it's easier to recover after winning.  Thanks, Kos, for helping restore our country's dignity.

  •  Thank you for all you do kos (0+ / 0-)

    Kos, take the weekend off and spend some time with your family..They deserve it and you deserve to wind down ..Do something that will  make you laugh..

  •  "Do something that will make you laugh..." (0+ / 0-)

    Amen to that..excellent advice from bayside, and there's no better place to go for laughs than Katherine Harris. Lord, I'm going to miss her!

  •  Thx kos! (0+ / 0-)

        U da bomb!

  •  Rest well, Markos... (0+ / 0-)

    knowing that you've been instrumental in teaching the people that their vote does count.  They'll be back in two years because they know now they can make a difference.

    Sweet dreams.

  •  Feeling your pain, Kos..... (0+ / 0-)

    My crew busted their tails, we worked so hard, my county went from scarlet red to pink. The guy we ran for state rep didn't make it this time, but he is young, works hard and will run again and will have a good future ahead of him.  We lost the 4th congressional district to a bush marianette from yesterday.  Oxley's seat will be filled by a junior version of himself.  Ohio went blue, we got our state and our country back-but now the really hard work begins.  Ohio is such a mess that these guys really have their work cut out for them.  First time in a long time I have felt that old Bobby idealism, I know I tell my age, but really, that is where America went off track.  Am I allowed to hope now?  I want to believe we are a better people than the rethug revolution would indicate, and yeah, the Harold Ford thing makes me wondeer.  What would Bobby do?  Role up his sleeves and get busy, but right now I'm feeling oddly blue.  

  •  i'm relieved to read this post... (0+ / 0-)

    I was worried that I was the only democrat in america that was depressed and still crying. I spent the last 7 months working day and night on Charlie Brown's campaign, and last night was not fun. I'm glad we have a majority in both houses, but man, i just can't get happy about it. I presume that soon enough the tears will leave and we can focus on a hopeful special election or 2008. I just hope that it was all worth it and that we can eventually dump doolittle. We won the war, but losing this battle has really sucked.

    This thing isn't over yet. Charlie Brown for Congress.

    by Rebelatheart on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 07:44:40 PM PST

  •  Lieberman beat Lamont....no worries! (0+ / 0-)

    You won- big time.

    "When all else fails try following directions"

    by SoldiersInRevolt on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 07:51:11 PM PST

  •  winning (0+ / 0-)

    not one thing or person I voted for passed or won.but the nation looks a whole lot better today than it did yesterday and you got to have a since of humer when you got otter and sali as your state leaders.yup,the third rieck still rules in Idaho.

    2 wrongs dont make it write.

    by idahojim on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 08:05:40 PM PST

  •  Let's Not Give Credit Where Credit Isn't Due (1+ / 0-)
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    The Democrats deserve very little credit for what at bottom was a mostly unearned victory. The Democrats have pussied out every step of the way for the last 6 years

    The Democrats taking the House is the political equivalent of a Republican own goal. It is be simply the byproduct of 1) the disaster in Iraq which has become so obvious that the Republicans can no longer lie and spin their way out of it and 2) Mark Foley. -- and the Democrats deserve no credit at all for the political benefits that flow out of the Iraq debacle. They have been pathetic on Iraq and everyone knows it.  The Democrats, including Rahm Emanuel, get no credit for anything except for just happening to be there to pick up the pieces.

    It is vitally important that the current leaders of the party and various groups that claim to speak for the party not be allowed to claim credit for our success this November. Simply stated, our "leadership" has been a joke. The gains we made in a midterm election in the 6th year of the worst president in history are only loosely related to anything any of them did. If they hadn't been such a bunch of pussies, we might be well on the way to a full-scale long-term partisan realignment, as they held the Republicans accountable for having fucked up every aspect of government. Instead we came away with significantly fewer seats than did the Republicans in 1994.

    In policy terms, it will be a long time before we face a president or a Republican party that has as bad a record as this one.  Flagrant disasters like the Iraq War, thankfully, are few and far between.  It is far from certain that the Iraq War will will have the same nationalizing effect in 2008 as it did in 2006, and the water will be muddied by some degreee of imputed responsibility to the new Democratic Congress, which may or may not learn how to stand up and defend itself against Republican demagoguery.  Then what will we do?

  •  Markos (0+ / 0-)
    What's the big deal?  You said it well recently (paraphrasing): "I'm not looking at 2008, I'm looking at 2018"

    Small steps Sparks, small steps.

  •  despair not... (0+ / 0-)

    Dear Mr. Kos -

    Please take your own advice and get some sleep.

    We have just begun.

    Something you may not realize (because you are so constantly in the thick of things) is that what's been started here, at dkos, throughout the netroots, is something that our forefathers never could have imagined:  a conversation that never ends, that travels through the pulse of this country, that is regenerated and infused day after day (minute upon minute) - where we, the people, can tap into a community of people we would have never known back then, 24-7.

    We here at dKos, and across the netroots, are ever-open, always accessible, (we never sleep...) and we hold ourselves so incredibly accountable.

    We are the wave.  We are the PEOPLE.  We are the brothers plugging in from the library in rural Ohio.  We are the grandmothers typing diaries from Vermont. We are the club kids, we are the socker moms, we are the queer dykes, the organic farmers, the Berkely grads, the West Point veterans - we are the People - and we want our country to live up to OUR expectations.  That is our right, and our responsibility.

    So don't fear.

    It's time to begin the work we've been itching to do.

    Much love, much respect, and sweet dreams,

    Pachuco

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