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The Tally Ho

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

From Sam

These are the comments from Sam below in the comment section. I am posting them here.
I am sitting here at work stunned at what happened yesterday. I went into Election Day thinking that Kerry was going to take Ohio, Iowa, and New Mexico and that the American people were going to show Bush that we weren't going to take his mistakes any longer.

As a guy who grew up in both Mississippi and Colorado, I see clearly where we failed:
1. We underestimated the power of the evangelicals and their willingness to throw economic concerns out the window because of their steadfast opposition to abortion and gay rights. These guys make their bread and butter on converting people (especially gullible people who might be down on their luck and are willing to accept any message that brings them salvation) to their belief system. Converting people to the Bush belief system must have been easy for them.

2. We didn't do enough to show black folks that they have a prominent place in deciding the direction of our country. Kerry thought he had a strong African-American vote in his pocket and didn't put enough emphasis on showing them that he truly cared about their concerns. Not having very many prominent black members of his election committee hurt his chances.

3. Gay marriage killed us. While I believe strongly in allowing gays to marry and enjoy the same rights as us breeders, what happened over the last 2-3 years energized the evangelicals and certainly helped GOTV in conservative areas. Gay marriage should not have been an issue in this election. I don't know who to fault more, the advocacy groups or the conservative groups who kept bringing up the opposition because they knew it would get people's blood boiling.

4. Negative campaigning works. And no one beats the Republicans at doing it.

That's all for now. I'm going to look into immigration policies for Canada, because it is looking a lot more attractive as a place to live.

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