If you've never run for office or been deeply involved with a campaign, It's difficult to understand the gut-wrenching reevaluation you go through the day after a loss. Of course, you put the best face on it possible, and try to tell yourself, it's no big deal, but the truth is, it hurts - a lot. A million questions run through your head: Why didn't I do that? Why didn't I do that better? How could they have chosen that putz over me? Someone must have done something underhanded? What was wrong with my message? Do people really not like me? What do I do next? What do I do now? It's maddening, and if you've really put it all out there, it can be devastating. But take heart, you'll get through it and be better for the experience.
Our Party should be proud. We put some great people on the ticket, and all of them did an amazing job. And, we ended-up with outstanding candidates at the top of the ticket heading into November. If we really start believing in them and ourselves, and get out our checkbooks, we can make history.
I was particularly proud of Kara Eastman. I was critical of her campaign early in the cycle but watched as she matured and grew as a candidate. She was thoughtful and measured, and did a much better job of appealing to the broader electorate. I suspect she will grab the prize this time around. Bravo Kara!
Chris Janicek also did a brilliant job of touching all the bases. Angie Phillips and Alisha Shelton were good candidates and pressed him hard. They made him better, and even in the impossible situation he found himself in with this damn virus, he found ways to get the job done. His signage was exceptionally well done. Whether it seems possible or not with all the money at his disposal, Ben Sasse is terribly vulnerable. If we just keep pounding on him for his connection to Paul Singer and his complicity in destroying Sidney, he can be beaten.
I also want to give a special shout out to Tim Royers in Senate District 31. That's term-limited Senator Rick Kolowski's District in West Omaha. Tim was second in a three-way primary against Republican challenger, Rich Pahls. Even if you don't live in that district, get behind him and help push him to victory. He's well positioned to retain that seat, but he needs our support to get the job done.
As we move toward the general election, there's an old rule of politics we've neglected some in recent history - Run your own race. There's a strong possibility that a number of shoes are going to drop between now and November, and you don't want to be in the way. It's in your best interest to trust in yourself and in your message. Coattails are problematic even in the best circumstances, so don't tie your future to anyone but yourself. Go for it, and you'll do things no one ever thought possible.
Let's get'm team!
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