Just Because You Lose Doesn't Mean You Stop Trying, or, 'Marian's Lesson'


November 11, 2016


If you think last Tuesday was bad, you might not have been around on election night in 1980. Now that was a landslide. We sort of knew it was turning after the one and only debate, and most of us out "in the field" got a call that morning telling us the last poll indicated landslide-level bad news. But absolutely no one (outside some bubble somewhere) ever thought that the president of the United States would concede in the 8 o'clock hour Eastern. For the next three hours, they played the scenes: Jimmy Carter conceding; Ronald Reagan accepting; voters in line in California going back to their cars; and Senate legends dropping like flies. I finally took to drinking, like everyone else.
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