So I'm back...
And no doubt the servers and google indexing algorhythms missed me, even if my fictitious readers did not.
This is why. While I've long thought of myself of an active participant in democracy - at least, so far as recognizing the majority of names on the ballot each November (sad but true, that likely puts me in the upper quartile or higher of American citizens) - it wasn't until Howard Dean and 2004 that I started scarfing down blogposts, watching Crossfire, Hardball, and the like, and sending what meager financial help I can afford into the fray. Hell, I've even volunteered on an election day.
I suppose I've evolved over the past 2 years - I can't stomach Vidiot poli-blather on CNN or MSNBC much anymore (is there any greater waste of medium potential than cable news?).
But damn it all - I keep ending up the losing side. First Dean, then a near complete debacle in November (with only Barack Obama spoiling the shutout). Then Paul Hackett came tantalizingly close. Now Ciro Rodriguez. This isn't a pity post -- there are certainly many volunteers, partisans, and candidates that put forth more and consequently, hurt more.
Sure, Kos is right - we can't get discouraged. We're starting with almost nothing and taking on a corrupt, detached, and unresponsive system.
Beyond that, though -- I can't get past the idea that such a small number of people make the choices for so many. To be sure - there's every chance if primary turnout was 75% and election day 90, we might have gotten slapped even worse.
However, when you read the usual Reichwing sites, when you listen to Tom Tancredo and watch him win reelction, when you see the sleaze ooze from Tom Delay's office, but again see him continously elected --- Changing minds isn't going to get it done. Too many hearts are probably lost for good.
It's that huge number of the uninvolved and non-voting. Those cynics that insist "what's the point?". The hopeless that don't even both. If there's a way to snag 10% of them -- progressives will never lose another election.
I just have no idea how to do that.