The cyberink was barely dry and I was hearing here and at FB about my posts about Rahm and Joe's wins. Maybe I wasn't seen as gracious enough or perhaps was seen as too cynical. So, let's look at this another way.
To my progressive friends (with or without the capital P); I suggest you have a nice sleep and on the morrow ask yourselves if we can afford complacency. Can we afford to accept a voter turnout that is below 50% of the registered voters? Can we afford to let eligible, unregistered, voters languish in the shadows? Can we assume that Tea Partiers and their friends won't ever find the 49th Ward and Chicago, and create change you won't want to believe in?
I have to wonder what our cousins in Wisconsin, with it's long history of collective bargaining, were thinking as Scott Walker got elected Governor. I have to wonder what they are thinking in view of this news. Life is getting interesting in Ohio and Indiana too. Boehner's Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution that will run until the end of the Fiscal Year. There is a lot going on in there that will warm a Tea Partier's heart and chill a progressive's. How did it come to this?
What will it take to convince people that when they sit out elections they cede their power to others and magnify the impact of those who do vote? What will it take to convince people that they are personally responsible for their choices, and when they sit out the election they cede their choice to whomever shows up at the polls? If the results are not to their liking, just what do they propose to do besides sit out the next election?
Joe and Rahm won, and now they each have a job to do. The election outcome reflects the will of the people who showed up to vote. Their obligation is to serve everyone, whether they voted or not, and regardless of who they voted for. Somehow, we must find a way to convince our non-voting peers that they also have an obligation to participate in the process or risk finding themselves on the receiving end of change they won't want to believe in. Just ask the folks in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey and elsewhere.