Thanks for those nice thoughts.
Assuming that Kerry has lost ---- some networks are unwilling to project this yet, but Bush's victory seems likely --- this is a hard defeat to swallow.
I have always had interest in politics, but this is the first election where I actively volunteered. I worked phone banks and traveled to Pennsylvania to do door-to-door canvassing. I just felt that this election was critical. This obviously makes the loss seem even more painful and personal. For a second time, we have fallen short of one crucial state, and by a small margin.
Amid the disappointment/anger/sadness, there are some silver linings to this situation. For the first time in years, there is fully formed, coordinated liberal movement in this country. Thousands voted for the first time ever, and thousands were moved to volunteer. It is a broad coalition -- not just your typical progressive activists, but also "ordinary" moderates. I think that our motivation and determination will only continue to build after this election.