I haven’t had much to say about the election, and I still don’t. I’m still scared, both about next few months and about the longer-term prospects for democracy in my country. But, you know, at least the incumbent lost.
Thirteen years ago, I wrote that if you wanted a simple difference between the two major Parties in this country, you could have this: my Party is worried about people who legally should be allowed to vote not being able to actually cast ballots and have them counted, and the other Party is worried about people who legally should not be allowed to vote being able to actually cast ballots and have them counted. Or, less fairly and more accurately: my Party likes the idea of a lot of people voting, and the other Party doesn’t.
And if they want to be the Party of turning away voters, if they want to be the Party of not counting ballots, if they want to be the Party that spends our national resources on preventing ballots rather than encouraging them, if they want to be the Party that faints at the stench of democracy, I wrote, then we should stick it down their fucking throats.
I felt like that ought to be a political winner for my Party, back in 2007, I did.
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,