Wednesday, November 08, 2006

If 2006 were a fish, I'd throw it back



Well, I'm finally dry. But I'm still cold. In fact, I think I've come down with a cold. It was a long day and an end to an interesting year, if not altogether enjoyable. I liked being around campaigns again and feeling the urgency to help try to get a message out. But the results weren't what I'd hoped for.

I feel like Georgia Democrats shot themselves in the foot way too often all year long. We used to have an actual margin for error just a few short years ago. That's all gone now. We can't afford to help the Republicans. They're in complete control now.

I suppose I should be happy about our national success. But, at this very moment, it isn't comforting to me right now. I'll feel differently about it later. I think I"m just flat out tired.

On the major state races, congratulations to Justice Hunstein for not only fighting back, but for finishing the drill. She proved that she's still a fighter, something she's had to be her entire life. Also congratulations to "tough as nails" Thurbert Baker, Michael Thurmond, and Tommy Irvin. I regret not blogging more about Michael. He was a real team player for us this fall.

And I believe that congratulations are in order for Jim Martin. He stood his ground and ran as an actual, honest to God, Democrat. Jim might have gone down tonight. But at least he went down with his boots on. There's no shame in that.

Speaking of which, here's something I need to get off my chest:

This blog was born out of frustration from having one of our own calling people like me "too liberal for Georgia." So I need to move somewhere else? No, I don't think so. This is my state too.

I have went along to get along for the sake of "pragmatism" so many times in the belief that it would help good Democratic candidates advance our state. But in helping some of those candidates who don't truly represent me, some of my goals and dreams get left behind.

Compromise, rooted in reality, will always be necessary. It's politics after all. But, in the future, I'm going to be tougher on Democrats that take people like me for granted. My vote should be earned just like anyone else's. Future candidates, you have been warned.

Looks like there's nothing left to do tonight, but to do as I was taught to do as a boy. When you lose, you offer sincere congratulations to the other side and you wish them well. After all, we'll all be counting on them in the next 4 years.

I'm sure we'll have plenty of disagreements along the way. I just hope that my fears and suspicions about having a Republican Gov, Lt. Gov, Sec. of State, house, and senate are wrong. We'll see................

10 comments:

Diana Rowe Pauls said...

Oh God, I know how you feel... I'm watching my state elect a joke of a governor (Mr. Tight Butt award and DUI), a freaky House Rep, and a lunatic school superintendent. God, I hope it looks better in the morning...

What the hell is wrong with these people? Idaho is going to be the laughingstock of the US if these people actually win these elections tonight...

ET said...

Button,
That was good and from the heart. Keep up your fight.
By the way, have your read "Gothic Politics In The Deep South"? Great book about, well, the title says it all.

Button Gwinnett said...

Diana, I have always wanted to visit the great state of Idaho. Hang in there!!

Eddie, I've heard of the book but haven't read it. I'll put it on my list. I'm hoping to catch up on some reading during the holiday season.

Tina said...

Now, let's hope that everyone who is going to jump on the sinking Republican ship has done his or her jumping & Georgia Democrats can regroup, redefine, and recruit a real charismatic chair to lead us toward future victories. We've got some good national news to cheer us....and I wonder now how much it will now benefit Georgia to be a red state?

Steve said...

hang in there, take a few days or weeks for yourself. I never would have believed the Dems wouldve taken the Congress after 2004. Its a marathon not a sprint, after all.

Tina said...

I think the Republican wins in GA are good news only for those who have been saving their Confederate money.

Tina said...

Grandma Tina says get some Zicam for that cold. It works.

Steve said...

I wonder who is going to run against Chambliss?

Tina said...

I'm for Cathy Cox, with a brand new campaign manager, running against Chambliss.

Button Gwinnett said...

Tina, thanks for the cold medicine suggestion. But the doctor prescribed me this wonderful red cough syrup with a lil codeine in it. I'm not sure which, but either I don't have any troubles at the moment or that cough syrup has fooled me into thinking that way!!

Steve, my personal choice is actually Max Cleland. The reason why is because I think 4 years after Chambliss' slime campaign, people see it for what it was. Max could raise a lot of money nationally. And I think it would be poetic justice to see him upend the man that beat him.

Tina, I have always thought that Cathy preferred more executive/administrative positions than legislative ones. So its hard for me to see her run for the Senate.

But given that her her slate is completely empty, there's always a chance that she could drastically alter her path.

Something tells me though that she was serious when she said she wouldn't run again. Cathy is the type of person that can take anything thrown at her. But her husband, her sister, and even her deceased father were all victims of whisper campaigns by people involved in the Taylor camp. And I think that's had a profound affect on her.