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November 3, 2004

Defeat Begets Strength to Persevere

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.


hey, i stumbled on your blog when i did a search for billy's bakery. love your blog. you and your dorky crew sound like me and my dorky crew. also, you aren't alone. i cried today when i found out bush was officially our new president. what is it that americans find so appealing in bush? i can't believe our country did this. unbelievable. in other news, i read a wee bit somewhere about you needing an apt. maybe by now you have one, but if you don't i may be able to point you in the right direction. my boy and i have a two bedroom two full bath in the village for 2300. washer dryer and dishwasher... i know the people that hook up great apartments in the village (east mostly).. also, i like your friend's shoes that you took pictures of. remind me of a shirt i almost bought from tg-170 - only i couldn't spend 250 dollars on a tank top...

happy blogging!!

Posted by: cas at November 3, 2004 11:18 PM

Thanks, Andrea. You have such amazing strength and courage- you are an amazing inspiration and leader. And you're funny as hell! I was feeling so devastated yesterday- it was a really tough blow. I had never felt so defeated. I think the worst part was just this incredible feeling of alienation from the rest of the American population. But then I looked again at the numbers, and it was by a very small margin that they were ahead. So we're not alone- there's almost 50% of this country that thinks and believes and feels the way we do.
There was a letter posted yesterday on MoveOn.org (http://www.moveon.org/pac/news/hope.html) and it was inspiring as well. The closing line really coincides with what you were saying in this entry: "Today, we'll take a breath. Tomorrow, we'll keep moving toward the America we know is possible."

Posted by: Cristalle at November 4, 2004 8:41 AM

Just out of curiosity, what are the characteristics of "the America we know is possible"?

Posted by: tiffanie at November 4, 2004 8:45 AM

Hey Cristalle,

I completely understand the lonely feeling of alienation from the rest of the American population. That was one of the saddest feelings to me but you're right! It WAS close so Keep the Faith*.


*If you can imagine Tavis Smiley saying his tagline, it's more inspirational.

Posted by: Andrea Harner at November 4, 2004 9:21 AM

This blog is pretty interesting, will add a bookmark, thanks.

Posted by: tg at November 12, 2004 5:24 PM
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