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

Do they offer the State of Washington as proof?

Posted by: Genecis at January 19, 2005 12:15 PM

How hard can it be to provide a flesh-and-blood person who was prevented from voting for John Kerry? If such people existed, the MSM would have already interviewed them and plastered them all over TV and the front page.

Posted by: Steve White at January 19, 2005 1:33 PM

"Now they know how we feel about JFK."

What do you mean?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 19, 2005 2:28 PM

The JFK who commanded a small boat in Viet Nam or the one who did so in Pacific?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 19, 2005 2:43 PM

I read the article. I occured to me that the last time that partisans in Massachusetts were having conversations like this after a presidential election, it was 1828 and Andrew Jackson had beaten Quincy Adams. The party was the Federalist party.

Maybe we should start buying up Democrat memoroabilia.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 19, 2005 3:21 PM

I'm sure there's more to "we" than you might think. Imagine how LBJ felt about serving under Kennedy.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 19, 2005 4:48 PM