1. I'm too smart to be excited.
2. I'm smarter than you.
3. We constantly lose.
4. Because you won't listen to me.
5. Identity politics == bad.
Winning in Virginia IS different than winning in, say, Alabama, where Doug Jones is still facing Roy Moore in a special election in December. Virginia is a bluer state. There was a wave of local candidates to bring people out.
Like... excitement. Hope. Conviction.
They are wrong.
All obliterated by the presence of local candidates.
But local engagement, personal engagement, is still a thing.
You might want to reply "That's true!" or "But it doesn't."
Either stance is irrelevant.
But it's still a true statement.
By and large, they just vote.
Naiveté is more valuable than cynicism, when it comes down to it.
It WAS a barometer of Democratic engagement.
It WAS a bellwether for the nation.
Believe these things and make them true.
Do we really need to explain this?
The U.S. Senate. The site of more tense showdowns than an old west movie set.
If Jones wins... that's one fewer senator we have to convince not to kill us on a quarterly basis.
If Alabama is a "Red State", then there's nothing to lose by trying. No dishonor in losing, no shame in going down fighting.
There is no "will win". There is no "won't win".
There is only "can win".
The GOP believes this, and acts accordingly.
Because they couldn't believe he'd win.
(And yes, he stole the first election. But first it had to be close enough to steal.)
"Trump won't have a second term." needs to be your plan of action, in case we have to vote on it.
Don't predict a loss, make a plan of action that could help avert it.
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