November 07, 2004

Get A Grip, People

I took a few days off from politics and blogging to decompress and enjoy a burst of warm autumn weather, this, IMO, is the best time of the year in the Bay Area.

Just when I thought the "Election 2004" category was ready for retirement, this article arrived in the Sunday SF Chronicle, by Adair Lara

California's political map reflects the nation -- Dems capture metro area while vast interior goes Repulican: DEMOCRATS Kerry supporters find a little solace -- in cheesecake

"Oh! Somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;

The band is playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out.

When the mighty Kerry struck out on Tuesday, Bay Area voters in their Dump Bush T-shirts found themselves on a salt shore. Of the eight patients San Francisco psychotherapist Frances Verrinder saw Wednesday, seven were upset and frightened to the point of tears.

In another part of town, Joyce Renaker began "eating chocolate and speaking in obscenities."

"Where do we hang our hope? For years I've been hanging it on the election," she said. "I'm floundering, disoriented."

Vicki Cormack found her neighbor on her knees, weeping. Ron Armstrong of San Francisco is waiting for his upstairs tenant to come out of his depression so he can ask him for the rent check.

Berkeley writer Wendy Lichtman, knuckles sore from knocking on doors in Precinct 17 of Tempe, Ariz., threw out her roll of Kerry/Edwards stickers because she couldn't bear to look at it.

Others weren't ready to put away the artifacts of hope. For months Pat Kunstenaar, a Woodacre therapist and lifelong gardener, pinned Howard Dean buttons on nursing home patients while her tomato plants died. When she took her grandchildren out in the car, she stuffed Kerry bunting and signs on top of them. Now she refuses to take the 6-foot cardboard image of Kerry out of her Passat.

"He folds," she defended herself.


Something tells me Ms. Kunstenaar didn't catch the irony in her remark. The Dems have a far larger problem than simply not explaining their agenda and beliefs to the American voter, they are in need of some serious introspection when adults react in the manner described over an election.

Whatever the voters do with their Kerry signs, they are heartsore. What now? Kerry voters seem to have responded to the defeat of their candidate in ways that can be summed up as fight or flight.

Of those who chose flight, many meant it literally. Chris Simpkins of Oakland and his wife looked up Canada's immigration rules on the Internet and added up their assets to see if they had enough money to emigrate.

The unmarried could seek a satirical option: the spoof site is trying to find them mates because "These lonely, afraid (did we mention really hot?) progressives will need a safe haven.''

The site offers discouraged liberals a chance to meet attractive Canadian tree huggers and cattle wranglers eager to give them a new home.

"I'm willing to help one of you escape from Bush-land," says Tanya from Toronto. She adds, "Being cute, wiry and dark-haired would be a plus!"

Beverly Held is moving to France. Louis Bryan of San Francisco is studying Dutch. Liz Williams of Alameda dug up her application for an Italian passport and is, she said, looking for business connections internationally.


I would have been very disappointed had Bush lost, but I would not have fallen on my knees and wept. However, I might have eaten an entire chocolate silk pie.

Linda Sandsmark did something she hadn't done since her Girl Scout days. "I split a banana lengthwise, stuffed the opening with slices of a leftover Hershey's Halloween bite-size bar, and microwaved it. Cheered me up for a minute or two."

San Ramon's Brenda Watkins and her partner attempted suicide by dessert - - "Pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon caramel sauce, and pecan pie with homemade vanilla ice cream."

When the going gets tough, the tough cook. Dave McElroy of San Francisco raised thousands for Kerry by selling places at private dinner parties he gave for friends and family. That experience taught him the solace of making a contribution. He's now doing a dinner for an AIDS benefit.

Angelina Hart, who lives in Point Reyes, could not watch the election returns. Instead she cut open a pumpkin, steamed it, made a crust, and built a pie. When the pie was done she made the leftover filling into pumpkin tarts, then took out the ice cream maker and made pumpkin ice cream, which she brought to her husband, Graham Hewlett, in a bowl. He wasn't watching either. He was reading Herman Melville's "Moby Dick."

Another perfect metaphor, are Liberals really this out of touch with reality?

Why yes. Yes they are.

Penny Greenberg, who feels as if she does not belong in her own country anymore, offered, "My only consolation is that someday this planet will be a dead cinder in the universe and all the stupidity, greed, and intolerance and their sad, sad consequences will be lost to all memory."

Hmmm...seems sort of extreme...wishing extermination of all life on the planet because her candidate didn't win a 4-8 year term in office?

However, to be fair, not all Bay area Libs are barking moonbats, some like you and me simply pick up their routine and get on with is transitory, so is defeat.

Many find refuge in routine.

Meg Rosenfeld cleaned her house, did laundry, and caught up on long- overdue correspondence.

"Life has to go on and it might as well go on in a clean, comfortable manner!"

Marti Geiger of Sacramento can't worry about her own damp hell. She is too busy trying to set a brisk example for her dejected 18-year-old son, a first-time voter, who watched in disbelief as his side lost.

"The day after the elections, my job was still there, food was still on the table, and life resumed its normal course,'' she said. "I told him that he should rejoice in this country, the day after a defeat he could still go to his university classes, I could still toil away to pay for his tuition, and life would still go on.

"The sun rises and sets, no matter who is president."

The smallish twist of the guilt knife was a nice closing touch.

I hope these people continue to whine and bitch, cuz it's going to reduce their margins each and every election until they face facts that they are out of touch with the majority of their fellow Americans on a wide range of issues. Many of whom are not part of the Religious Right, and share many of the same views on social policy, but will not allow the defense of the country to be turned over to people who are not serious.

Someone should also tell them that normal adults don't run to a psychotherapist, wish annihilation on the planet, nor drive around with a life-size cardboard cutout of their presidential candidate in their front passenger seat after the election....or the county map is going to get a whole lot redder.

Guess I just did.

Posted by feste at November 7, 2004 02:28 PM | TrackBack

> I hope these people continue to whine and bitch

Not to worry. They will, guaran-damn-teed.


Posted by: jaspar at November 7, 2004 06:23 PM
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