Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Blue Bexley

A few months ago, when I got started doing Blue Bexley, I believed that Dems were focusing too narrowly on certain races, that the area I lived in was too liberal to be represented by Republicans at all levels above City Council, and that even if we were looking at popular incumbents generally perceived as moderates, that making these races close would spread out the Republican defense.

Well, Bev Campbell ran a very close race, one that still has not been officially called by the Dispatch, but even on this blog she's done more to win this race than I did.

After I posted that Bob Shamansky was within the margin of error on the only independent poll, it appears that he has been defeated by a spread well outside of the margin of error on that poll.

Emily Kreider finished in between these two candidates, with approximately 45% of the vote. Most disappointing to me is that David Goodman (admittedly with a hometown advantage) ran stronger than any other Republican here in Bexley.

So even though Democrats have decisively taken the U.S. House (with the help of Ohio Dem Zachary Space), might have taken the U.S. Senate (with the help of Ohio's Sherrod Brown), taken the Governorship, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer races here in Ohio, and overwhelmingly passed an increase in the minimum wage...

And even though the Republican Party had to sink a million dollars into protecting an incumbent State Senator, an incumbent U.S. Representative had to hoard his considerable war chest and run a campaign that will permanently stain his reputation...

Even though I saw my writing and ideas have a small but noticeable effect on both the old and new media coverage of these races, as well as the campaigns themselves...

Even though I achieved all of the modest goals I laid out in late August...

Blue Bexley is still feeling like a big loser this morning.

I honestly believed that the candidates I wrote about not only deserved to win, but had come to have a legitimate chance at doing so, and I'm quite disappointed by the results. In all honesty, if there had been victories, I would have allowed myself to privately take a little credit, despite the fact that many many people put much more of themselves into the campaigns. In that spirit, however, I feel that I bear some of the blame.

So, Blue Bexley means something else this week. If you would like to bask in the glow of a resounding Dem Election night, this won't be the place. If you do visit, expect some autopsies and data runs (I'm a data geek by trade) for the next week or two. Then we start on 2008.

8 comments:

Bev Campbell said...

Hey, don't count us out yet. There are 933 votes separating us with the provisionals and possibly some of the absentees yet to be counted. Though there is a part of me that would just like it to be over (closure can be a good thing), I have had supporters email and phone me to tell me that they are NOT taking down their "Campbell" yard signs until every vote is counted and counted fairly. With that kind of sincerity and investment by so many dedicated citizen patriots, how could I do less. I have pledged to them that I will see that every single vote IS counted, not just in this race, but in Kilroy's race, too! And a word of caution to the Republicans, win or lose, I will not cease speaking out on behalf of my constituents and my district; indeed, I have only just begun!

Anonymous said...

you have no constituents or district

Bev Campbell said...

To anonymous - Come on out of the shadows and share a name with us.

Rodger Moore said...

Great job Bev. I wish you the best. I hop to have you as my State Rep.

bonobo said...

Bev,
Bev-
I'm not calling your race until all the votes are counted. I know it didn't come across so clearly, but I was just saying that to whatever extent this blog has helped, it has been as much through your postings here as mine.

Congrats on running a great campaign.

Anonymous said...

I am not running for office. I did not choose to put my name in the limelight. If you cannot handle a couple of critical posters on a blog, perhaps you should reconsider careers.

Bev Campbell said...

To anonymous - Not sure what you mean that I should "reconsider careers" if (I) cannot handle a couple of critical posters... I haven't ducked you or your comments by running to the shadows. I am right here using my own name and much as the Republicans might wish, I will not be reconsidering careers, or hiding behind a pseudonym or "anonymous".

Anonymous said...

You absolutely have ducked my comments, as well as other's. I said you have neither constituents nor districts. You respond with an ad hominem attack about me "hiding". For the record, I am not inclined to reveal my name. My name is unimportant. I suppose, to help alleviate your seemingly unhealthy preoccupation with my identity, you can call me Legion...

You said on another post how your complaint to the OEC was not judged on it's merits or as to the truth or falsity. No kidding! As another poster said, the commission refused to even hear the merits, as it was so ridiculous on the face of it. I'm not sure what you were trying to say there. I think the "ugly distortions" are evident.