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Compromise: First of all, thank you to all
those who live in the new 45th Congressional District in California
for your strong support of my reelection. It looks like I will have
won by a margin of 18 points in spite of a new district (50% of
which I have never represented), a poor year for Republicans and
another opponent who spent many times more money than I did and
spent it largely on negative advertising. I appreciate your
confidence in me. I will not let you down.
But, I must confess, it didn’t feel much like a winning night.
Frankly, I haven’t been this saddened in a very long time. Yes, I
won convincingly, but politics is a team sport. I need friends and
allies to get stuff done, and a lot of them lost.
I will let others do the political analysis of why the election
turned out as it did. But, I will tell you that my sadness is much
deeper than it was four years ago. In 2008, we were pretty sure
that McCain was going to lose, and we had some hopefulness that
Obama wouldn’t turn out to be as bad a president as we feared. But
in 2012, we were pretty sure that Romney/Ryan were going to win,
and we are pretty sure that Obama,… Read More