Saturday, November 06, 2004

They Beat Us

Now I'm not one to claim defeat so easily. The Republicans stole the election in 2000 and they very well could have stollen it in 2004. But you saw all the red on that electoral map. The American people chose their president. Now, we have to ask "why?" I think I know why. With our strategy of registering and talking to only would-be Democratic voters we completely alienated the "other side." We were just as bad as Bush in our own way: "You're either with us or against us." Now we did what we could with the time and the resources we had. Both were limited. We did what we thought was best. But what if we had engaged the other side and stopped thinking of them as "the other side?" In my time in Ohio I met many students (who had already voted for Bush by the time I talked to them) I could have easily convinced to vote for Kerry. We ignored them. Anyone who said they were going to vote for Bush or were leaning Bush were completely ignored. We polarized this country even more.

The question is now, how do we undo this? Is it with another candidate like Clinton or is it up to us? It's probably a combination of both. Let's get the ball rolling.