Thursday, November 04, 2004

Despair is a warm puppy

Feeling depressed about the election?

Join the club. Salon gets the reaction of America's intellectual elite here. (You've got to watch an ad to access it)

Is it ok to sink into feelings of utter despair and alienation? Rick Moody says "Despair is OK for an afternoon, but it's important to remember: This is the most corrupt presidency in modern history. It's unlikely to improve. So there's lots to do." Damn. I was looking forward to wallowing in despair and A-team reruns...


Blogger deo said...

Speaking only for myself, I find it easier to just exist in a permanent state of despair and alienation, rather than sinking in and out of one.

But seriously, folks.

This one hurt. I have been a certified political junkie for the last few months, reading blogs, volunteering to go door-to-door and make phone calls, and working 13 hours on election day. A no-hope campaign for the democrats become one of cautious optimism, and by election day I was convinced that if all the votes were counted fairly, kerry would win.

So it was a pretty good punch to the gut, mitigated only slightly by the fact that kerry did take PA. I can't imagine how I would have felt if I lived in ohio.

I gave myself 24 hours to wallow in the bitter terribleness of it all and the sick feeling that nothing good could be salvaged from it. I played out all worst-case scenarios in my head, calculated how far back civilization had been set back on a variety of issues, and marveled at how I felt like an ex-pat in my own country.

That's about as long as I could let myself hold it for, though. I come from a family of hall-of-fame caliber rationalizers, so it's now stiff-upper-lip time. the only thing worse than another republican victory is another republican victory with a bunch of democrats moping around like zombies. Don't let the bastards get you down, don't mourn--organize, and all that. My people have had plenty of opportunities to put the pieces back together so we have a full deck of cliches from which to draw at times like this.

So I'm thinking of acting locally, going cold turkey on punditry, and enjoying some nonpartisan aspects of my life for a bit before we do the whole thing again vs. santorum in '06.

11:40 PM  
Blogger deo said...

Hey duane how do you make a link?

11:43 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

I will contest that it's okay to depair for one (1) week. Personally, I have also been indulging in numerous hours of gta: san andreas (I'm starting to learn the words to various NWA songs...that's new) and replacing meals with pints of ben & jerry's (hint: try the oatmeal cookie flavor for breakfast. It has fiber!!)

Then I will mobilize and prioritize and jazzercise against the overpriviledged idiotic redneck son of a bitch who holds the most powerful office in the world.

Or at least bitch about him constantly.

I saw James Carville speak a few weeks ago and he had a great line about Nader that I will apply to W: "I wouldn't piss down his throat if his heart was on fire." That pretty much sums it up right there.

10:08 AM  

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