Be not overjoyed, be not afraid
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Be not overjoyed, be not afraid

If you're happy today, be happy. If you're bitter, be bitter. But don't make the mistake of thinking those feelings mean the ballgame is really won or lost.
Mom's kitchen, 2009

Some thoughts for my friends -- including those who aren't acting very friendly in the moment.

Big stuff first: Congratulations to presumptive president-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris. Count-room nonsense (and, rest assured, there is always some risk of count-room nonsense, on both sides, even if the candidates don't know about it) only matters if you get close, and they got close because they ran with a pretty clear vision that people responded to.

To my friends on the right, I say: Assume for a moment that every one of your worst fears -- malfeasance, Biden as a stalking horse for a progressive agenda, the new First Dog piddling in the Oval Office and more -- are correct.

To quote Pope St. John Paul II: Be not afraid.

No state legislatures flipped. Hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been spent on competitive races were wasted trying to unseat popular incumbents. California voters rejected progressive ballot measures. Redistricting in the fastest-growing states, which will result in several new House seats, is in Republican hands.

For all y'all:

With or without Trump, Trumpism, for better or worse (it's both) is just getting started.

With or without the lovingkindness of our political opposites, both sides are going to grind on and have victories.

If you're happy today, be happy. If you're bitter, be bitter. But don't make the mistake of thinking those feelings mean the ballgame is really won or lost. The country is going to be just fine on short and intermediate time scales.

And if we're honest? No one -- not Trump, not Biden, not you, not me -- can fully foresee, much less bend, the arc of the long term.