I posted this elsewhere, but ... please read and forward if you like. It may give you hope.
Many people I know are having strong feelings about the GA-06 special election and Ossoff's loss. What we are all feeling right now is incredibly real. It may range from anger, to disappointed resignation, to hurt, to frustration, to regret, to outright blame and I-told-you-so-ism.
Now some questions:
What if the fact that many of us are feeling these ways AT ALL were what's important here?
Would I have paid any attention at all to a House special election in a deep red state in a deep red district two, four, six, or even 12 years ago?
Would literally thousands of Americans donate time, money, energy, and care to an off season election where the Democratic Party candidate were a 30 year-old filmmakers with no experience in elected office?
Would that candidate have spent months with voters in the district, holding town halls, meeting with thousands of potential constituents, even going so far as to go door-to-door and literally shake the hand of over 1/3 of registered voters?
Would Republicans run a candidate known for her losing elections, not winning, literally spend 2.5 times what the Dems did - in one of the most expensive House elections ever ($55 million ), even trotting out the 'Nancy Pelosi and the San Francisco elite' (aka the OMG POC AND WOMEN AND GAYS LIKE HIM!) to hold on to a seat they are going to have to defend again (Ossoff isn't going to go away) in 2018?
No. No. No. No. And HELL no.
A quick story: I was chatting with another teacher yesterday. He was super upbeat about our chances. I was not. Then he told me how he and hundreds of others had gone down to GA-6 to canvass door to door and talk with voters. How he had been on the phone most of the day with an 85-year old who had never voted ... and who was getting to the polls to vote for the first time for a Democrat.
Some of us are angry and dismissive of the results because we're scared.
Some of us are demoralized because we are scared.
Some of us want the wins so badly because we are all scared.
We are scared for access to healthcare, for the safety and rights of POC, for women's health, for education and the environment ... we are scared for the future of our country.
But all of this action, all of this loving action and attention, all of this active INTENTION TO CREATE CHANGE ... THAT is what leads to change.
Not to mention that off-cycle elections aren't statically 'leading indicators' (signs of a future event). But rather 'lagging indicators' (signs of an event that's already happened - and that a pattern is occurring).
We have had four off-cycle elections - Kansas, Montana, Georgia, and South Carolina. All in deep-red states. All in areas where Trump won, often by large margins. All in areas where Republican candidates generally win by double digit margins.
Every single one of these elections was won by the Republican candidate by 6 points or less after a great investment of time, financial resources, and effort.
And GA-06 was lost only by about 11,000 votes.
It will happen. The change is coming. Hell, the change is already here ... We just haven't seen yet exactly what the change is going to be.
Until then it's avoid the news for a few days as those who need to gloat, gloat (I'm looking at you, Trump, Paul Ryan, and all you Bernie Bros) ... we can let you go ahead and gloat all you like ... and then we will fight like hell some more.
I love you. Hang in there. We have this ... together, we have this. ️️️