Even though it was a narrow defeat in New Hampshire last night, it was still depressing for me as an enthusiastic Obama supporter. I feel like Bill Murray's character in Stripes. Early in the film, he's walking home, happy, singing, and upbeat. Everything's going alright. In the next few minutes, his car gets repossessed, his pizza goes flying, and his girlfriend leaves him. "And then... depression set in." [Warning! Brief bit of nudity in the YouTube clip]
But this note from the Obama campaign cheered me a little, and helped put last night's loss in perspective:
A week ago we were 14 points behind, and no one imagined that we'd accomplish what we did in New Hampshire last night.
So there's that. There's also some good news today: The Culinary Workers Union - 60,000 members strong - endorsed Obama in Nevada. So did the parent union, UNITE HERE, which represents almost half a million workers nationwide. Separately, the Nevada chapter of the SEIU endorsed Obama as well. With Clinton up by 8 points in Nevada, these endorsements should help.
So, I'm just going to put New Hampshire behind me, look ahead to Nevada and South Carolina, and join the Army.