I'm stunned and feel unprepared to write or say anything about Kerry's defeat. I truly believed we'd be celebrating and joking about being unable to stop smiling. What a surprising, complex and maddening blessing, democracy is.
After canvasing for days in the hot Florida sun and having been bombarded on election day with astonishingly positive exit poll numbers, defeat feels like getting the wind knocked out of you while agonizing over a break-up. This was a brutal wake-up call but consider us awoken and kicking.
We cried more than once today but we know that we must persevere, fight and hope, harder and stronger than ever.
* Andrea, Jonah, Susan and John at ACT headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FLA.