January 19, 2005
On the eve of Inauguration Day, many who voted against the president haven't come to terms with his reelection (Don Aucoin, January 19, 2005, Boston Globe)
Since someone has to go first and broach The Subject, Rich Baughman launches a cryptic query across the table: ''So, Marcia, have you thrown in the towel yet?"
Marcia Osburne doesn't have to ask what he is talking about. With a sigh, the 55-year-old biologist replies: ''I think he won, but I still think it's a stolen election. All the people who were prevented from voting -- the media doesn't cover this at all. I have to find things out on the Internet."
The ''he" in question, of course, is President Bush. The setting is a restaurant in downtown Lexington where half a dozen friends with liberal leanings have gathered early Monday morning for their regular breakfast of eggs and politics. This week, the latter is a lot harder for them to digest than the former.
For some anti-Bush voters, the mood is further darkened by their conviction, or at least suspicion, that voting irregularities in Ohio and elsewhere tipped the election to the president. For others, it is the thought that Bush won fair and square that is depressing. Either way, they are starting to believe that, with all due respect to T.S. Eliot, January is the cruelest month.
Now they know how we feel about JFK. Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2005 8:45 AM