Okay, I’ll admit it. Election night and the day following, I was angry, disappointed and frustrated. I felt as if we, a cooperative term including all TDW members and Texas Democrats, had failed our remarkable statewide ticket.
What happened? Did we not frame our message correctly for the populace we were aiming to get to the polls? Did we not do enough block-walking, phone-banking and other GOTV events? Do the people of Texas not care about education for our children; access to healthcare; rights of persons with disabilities; rights of every Texas citizen without regard to their race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation; pay equality; a living wage; clean air and water; improvements in our transportation infrastructure just to name some of our core Democratic platform issues? When the electorate clearly chooses a candidate without any qualifications for the office, solely on the basis of party affiliation and straight-ticket voting, then it is time we take a serious look at what is broken, and fix it.
In her election night concession speech, Wendy Davis said it was all right to be disappointed, but urged us to not get discouraged. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines disappointed as a state of being defeated in expectation or hope. Perhaps 2014 was too soon to turn Texas blue—after all, it didn’t turn red overnight—but I expected and hoped for some victories. Further, Merriam-Webster, defines discouraged as to deprive one of courage or confidence; to dissuade or attempt to dissuade from doing something. I fervently hope all the interns, fellows, campaign workers—whether paid or volunteer—activists, and excellent 2014 Democratic candidates will not become dissuaded or lose the hope and vision for a bluer Texas for all her citizens.
“If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
Well, Mama still ain’t happy.
Thank you for everything each of you did during this election cycle. We have to begin now preparing for 2016. As we approach this season of Thanksgiving let me urge each of you to reflect on that in your life for which you are thankful/grateful. I hope your travels; time spent with family and friends is safe, relaxing and blessed.
With Pride, Power and Purpose,
President, Texas Democratic Women