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Sunday, November 07, 2004


DEMOCRATS REACT TO ELECTION RESULTS WITH PROPER PERSPECTIVE, GRACE, DIGNITY AND TOLERANCE 

"Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser" - Jimmy Carter


Liberals are very good at teaching us a thing or two. The following articles provide 13 salient lessons...

The New York Times: On the Avowed Left Coast, a Feeling of Being Left Out

1) Something's rotten in San Francisco, the city's mayor is "powerless."
While the American heartland found great comfort in the president's re-election, there was melancholy and stunned disbelief in San Francisco and other cities along the avowedly left West Coast. "There is a sense of helplessness that we couldn't tip the election in any way," said Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, who helped to push gay marriage into the national spotlight. "We couldn't do it rhetorically or in an actual vote. You feel powerless."


2) Denial is not a river in Egypt, it flows through Portland, Oregon
Given the gravity of things, there was really only one thing that Wilder Schmaltz, a 25-year-old Portland artist who had refused to remove the anti-Bush button from his lapel, felt he could do. He called a friend and headed straight to the Red and Black Cafe, an all-organic, wheat-free, vegetarian coffee and food shop, which is run as a collective and is a popular hangout of the Socialist Party USA's candidate for president, Walt Brown. "I figured that in this place we wouldn't run the risk of being around any cheering Republicans," Mr. Schmaltz said.


3) It was over when the tanks surrounded the White House
Her friend Tracy Conklin, 45, a freelance writer and photographer, was equally dark, concluding that there was no hope and only isolation for those on the left. "I am prepared to keep my head down, possibly for the rest of my life, under a totalitarian regime," Mr. Conklin said.


4) She felt safer when Bill Clinton was capturing terrorists like Elian Gonzalez
"It just made me cry," Terry Mitchell, 54, an audiologist in Oakland, said of Mr. Bush's re-election. "I am sad that America is asleep at the wheel."


5) Disown your mother when things don't go your way
For Ohioans living in on the West Coast, it was a particularly tough day. Jennifer Sloan, 29, was so incensed about Ohio's support of Mr. Bush that she had considered canceling her mother's visit. Ms. Sloan's mother was arriving in San Francisco on Wednesday from Alliance, Ohio, where she lives and where she voted for Mr. Bush. "I am depressed, but I am also just really angry at the rest of the country's ignorance," Ms. Sloan said.


6) I couldn't have said it better myself, pal. You just won a brand-new SUV.
Mr. Rubin had been convinced that after four years of the Bush presidency, the country would come around and see things as he and other far-left coasters see them. Instead, he admitted with bitterness, the election appeared not to be a repudiation of Mr. Bush's foreign and economic policies, but rather values associated with hippies, gay activists, atheists and double-latte liberals who populate his city and many others on the lip of the Pacific Ocean. "Maybe I'm on the wrong side of the culture war," Mr. Rubin said.


The New York Times: A Blue City (Disconsolate, Even) Bewildered by a Red America

1) Fog develops over the Hudson River, continental United States is isolated
Striking a characteristic New York pose near Lincoln Center yesterday, Beverly Camhe clutched three morning newspapers to her chest while balancing a large latte and talked about how disconsolate she was to realize that not only had her candidate, John Kerry, lost but that she and her city were so out of step with the rest of the country.

"Do you know how I described New York to my European friends?" she said. "New York is an island off the coast of Europe."


2) This is what it sounds like when doves cry
Some New Yorkers, like Meredith Hackett, a 25-year-old barmaid in Brooklyn, said they didn't even know any people who had voted for President Bush. (In both Manhattan and the Bronx, Mr. Bush received 16.7 percent of the vote.)


3) You must forget that the 9/11 victims came from all 50 states
"Everybody seems to hate us these days," said Zito Joseph, a 63-year-old retired psychiatrist. "None of the people who are likely to be hit by a terrorist attack voted for Bush. But the heartland people seemed to be saying, 'We're not affected by it if there would be another terrorist attack.'"


4) It's also okay when doctors jump to conclusions while making a diagnosis
"I'm saddened by what I feel is the obtuseness and shortsightedness of a good part of the country - the heartland," Dr. Joseph said. "This kind of redneck, shoot-from-the-hip mentality and a very concrete interpretation of religion is prevalent in Bush country - in the heartland. New Yorkers are more sophisticated and at a level of consciousness where we realize we have to think of globalization, of one mankind, that what's going to injure masses of people is not good for us," he said. Dr. Joseph acknowledged that such attitudes could feed into the perception that New Yorkers are cultural elitists, but he didn't apologize for it. People who are more competitive and proficient at what they do tend to gravitate toward cities," he said.


5) Roberta Cohn hates her friends. She never listens to what they say.
His friend, Ms. Cohn, a native of Wisconsin who deals in art, contended that New Yorkers were not as fooled by Mr. Bush's statements as other Americans might be. "New Yorkers are savvy," she said. "We have street smarts. Whereas people in the Midwest are more influenced by what their friends say. They're very 1950's," she said of Midwesterners. "When I go back there, I feel I'm in a time warp."


6) John Kerry was born in a log cabin. I bet you didn't know that.
Mr. Murphy said he understood why Mr. Bush appealed to Southerners in a way that he did not appeal to New Yorkers. "Even though Bush isn't one of them - he's a son of privilege - he comes off as just a good old boy," Mr. Murphy said.


7) Imagine if her son came out of the closet and said he is a Republican.
As an example, Ms. Camhe offered the different attitudes New Yorkers may have about social issues like gay marriage. "We live in this marvelous diversity where we actually have gay neighbors," she said. "They're not some vilified unknown. They're our neighbors."



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