Skip to comments.Kerry Campaign Party Turns to Tears and Bitterness (One year ago tonight!)
Posted on 11/02/2005 8:50:21 AM PST by raccoonradio
Boston (CNSNews.com) - As President George Bush edged closer to the 270 electoral votes necessary to secure re-election, supporters of Democratic nominee John Kerry openly wept and consoled each other at the Election Night celebration in Boston's Copley Square.
Some Kerry supporters called Bush's platform "all lies" and heckled a group of College Republicans who were passing through the crowd.
A distraught woman confronted Democratic U.S. Rep. Harold Ford in the lobby of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel and screamed, "Can you tell me why everybody made a mistake?" Ford responded, "Let me talk to the candidate before I make a comment. It's been a long day."
Another woman standing near Ford began to openly weep at the prospect of a Kerry loss.
Former California Democratic governor Gray Davis spoke briefly with Ford and then essentially conceded the election to Bush and looked ahead to 2008.
"We owe it to the people that we represent to reassess and try and fix what went wrong and come back with a winning coalition and strategy four years from now and try to figure out a way to win the country back," Davis said.
When CNSNews.com asked why he had confidently predicted a Kerry victory just a few hours earlier, Davis responded, "I, like many people saw the exit polls, which saw Kerry ahead in every battleground state."
"We believed they were a precursor of a great evening," a somber Davis explained.
While Davis said he was "very proud of the campaign Kerry ran," he did criticize the party's efforts in southern states.
"Part of [winning the White House] is certainly not writing off the South. It's too big a part of America just to concede to the other party and expect to win," Davis said.
Davis praised Bush's re-election campaign.
"The president has worked hard for his re-election since the moment he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Davis said. "He is surrounded by very smart people, they are very good practitioners of the art of politics," he added.
'It's all lies'
Meanwhile, outside Kerry's Copley Square rally, a contingent of College Republicans from Northeastern University marched through the sea of Kerry supporters and got heckled.
"You vote for Bush, you get what you deserve," shouted Kerry supporter Bob Bryant to the GOP contingent.
"Bush has put forward a platform that people tend to believe even though it's all lies. Bush is dishonest; he is not being honest with the American people," Bryant said.
Another man shouted to the Republicans "This is why the rest of the world calls us ignorant Americans. You obviously don't read the newspapers or you would not believe as you do."
A woman, unhappy the Republicans were there, screamed, "someone shut up those idiots.'
Brian Henchey, one of the College Republicans marching through the crowd told CNSNews.com that he had "never seen more sad and depressed faces in my life than what I have seen here in Copley Square tonight."
"I think our president is a strong man, he is a strong leader. He is what this country needs," said Megan, one of the GOP marchers.
Kerry supporters from Ireland weighed in on why they believe Bush will likely be re-elected.
"It clarifies the fact that American people aren't so smart. If I could, I would have voted for Kerry," said the woman.
They still haven't figured out why they lost. they still don't have a new strategy.
parody lyrics by me (w/ inspiration by Capitol Steps):
Have yourself a Kerry little Christmas
Cozy all the way
While the seat of power is so far away
You'll be just one more lib in the Senate
Thanks to W
You won't live on Pennsylvania Avenue
Ketchup heiress has lots of dough
Lots and lots of dough, to spend
It won't buy you the White House though
For the voters know, my friend
Mondale, Gore, and also Mike Dukakis
Know just how you feel
When you're seen, you just don't have any appeal
So have yourself a Kerry little Christmas now
Maybe we could share our own memories of liberals falling to pieces last year. I remember liberals emailing my home (there are several in my circle) ranting over the "fact" that "women would now have no choice."
The liberal in question happens to exploit women selfishly and boldly in his own life--hanging out with strippers and setting them up as personal concubines--all the libs were childless, know I'm pro-life and have children, so I guess the message was also that I should have aborted my own kids.
How sweet it was, that night, to drive the liberals before us and hear the lamentations of their metrosexuals.
Yes indeed, 62 million of us dolts don't know what's good for us. We was too dumb to do the right thing. LOL!
I wish I could relive election night from around 12:40 AM on when Fox called Ohio for Bush and it was essentially over. How sweet, especially after those erroneous (fixed?!) exit polls from earlier in the day.
I remember watching the election coverage here, just outside Boston. Kerry's "victory celebration" was taking place in Copley Sq. and at one point (according to WLVI-TV 56),
about 10:30 or 11, they had to give a MAJOR pep talk to the troops who were getting more and more despondent as the results came in.
"May I be the first to call you 'Mr. President'?"--Bob Shrum
Remember the British newspaper whose headline was "how can 59 million people (at that time, that was the supposed
# of Bush voters) be so dumb?"
It was a fabulous day and night, and the images of crying libs were icing on the cake.
"Another man shouted to the Republicans "This is why the rest of the world calls us ignorant Americans. You obviously don't read the newspapers or you would not believe as you do."
Duh, whats a newspaper? (Scratches head)
Someone should re-post the picture of Judy Woodruff with a big puss on her face after CNN projected FL for Bush around 11:30 pm ET, as I recall. 380,000 votes this time sure beat out the 537 from 2000. :)
By the time pony-haired Edwards gave his count-every-vote talk early in the morning it was obvious they were not going to win. Still I was afraid they would make a play to steal Ohio. Or even if it was obvious they would lose Ohio I thought they would drag out the result for weeks. For once in his life, Kerry showed class by conceding. But he's been nothing but a whiney loser ever since.
I'm trying to find some pix online of Dems crying in their beer (literally or figuratively).
I still remember eating at a restaurant a few days before
the election and a couple Kerry bumkissers sitting at the bar were talking about great it was gonna be when he beat Bush.
On Election night, I smiled just thinking of them. "Happy Days are here again/
They're crying in their beer again..."
GreySkies Davis: "Part of [winning the White House] is certainly not writing off the South"
Oh, I'm sure they'll vote for Hillary next time (/sarcasm)
"I've got it! LET'S ELECT SOMEONE WHO'S EVEN MORE LIBERAL!"
"I've got it! LET'S ELECT SOMEONE WHO'S EVEN MORE LIBERAL!"
Yep, they think they lost because they did NOT get their message out. Amazing.
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