At this moment I am at an election party at one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever been in. I’m sitting outside next to a fountain with a view of all of Los Angeles behind me–but instead of talking to people and trying to be “pleasant”, I’m on my computer, prepping election articles for PolitiChicks and trying to find ways to stay optimistic and positive for my Facebook and Twitter friends. People stopped trying to talk to me long ago anyway, and anyone who doesn’t know me has probably written me off as a total nerd.
Unfortunately it’s not a happy, joyful party for any of us tonight. What started as a hopeful evening has become quiet, pensive, and strange. People are huddled in groups, commiserating, trying to figure out what went wrong. I have personally eaten a dozen or so cookies and plan to eat more.
So what do we do next?
We do what my family did growing up in Texas during hurricane or tornado seasons: we batten down the hatches. We expect the best and prepare for the worst. We look at what’s happened on the East Coast with Hurricane Sandy; when faced with starvation, even the most “cosmopolitan” people in America will dive into dumpsters for food.
Bottom line, Conservative Americans are very intelligent, resilient people; we know what we’ve got to do to survive. We know about stocking up, protecting our family, our homes and our property. Yes, tonight was rough—but tomorrow will be better, and together, we will carry on.