Aimee Patton

A pleasantly eccentric take on politics

It’s been almost a week since the (hushed voice) Midterms.

That’s how people are talking about them with me in a voice that one reserves for discussing things like a bad bout of diarrhea.

“Sorry about the Midterms.  Maybe some a good night’s sleep and you’ll get over it.”

Just swap out the word “Midterms” for diarrhea and you have the same conversation.

I’ve had a few days to rest and think about the election.  I’ve read articles on what the heck happened and I’ve come to realize that what I’m doing is experiencing the liberal voter from Kansas’ 5 stages of grief.

See if you can relate.

Stage 1 – Shock and Denialimages

I had called the election for Davis based on the polls and all of the anti-Brownback feeling in Kansas.  Brownback bankrupts Kansas with failed tax policies – no way in hell he would win re-election.  The votes are tallied election night and Davis lost!  He lost!  How the hell did he lose? Maybe the votes weren’t counted right?  Maybe we have a hanging chad issue like the Gore election?   I’m found later that night curled up in the fetal position wailing, “Kansas voter, how could you let this happen?”  It wasn’t my finest moment.

Stage 2 – Pain and Guilt

This stage sets in the next day.  I made calls for the Davis campaign on a Sunday afternoon before the election. What if I had called more voters? If I did more, maybe I could have  saved the election for Davis. There was that one time that I just laid on the couch on a Saturday watching Real Housewives of New Jersey reruns – I could have spent that time calling more people!   It’s all my fault Kansas!  I blame me and the seduction of Andy Cohen’s Bravo.  Oh Kansas – how I failed you!

Stage 3 – Anger and Bargaining

Damn you Kansas voters.  You know the saying, you made your bed?  Well it applies here.  Brownback will continue to bankrupt the state, defund public education and hack away at social programs.  This state is headed for the toilet and it’s ALL YOUR FAULT.  It seems I’m better at the anger part of this stage and not so hot at the bargaining.

Stage 4 – Depression, Loneliness, Reflection

I feel like the only liberal in the entire state of Kansas.  Nobody thinks like me. Nobody votes like me.  Kansas progressive social issues table for one.   One liberal voter can’t save this state.  Nobody understands me….big sigh.

Stage 5 – Acceptance

In the end I accept what happened in the Midterms.  There are so many reason why  the outcome played the way it did in Kansas.  At the end of the day, I know I’m not alone as a liberal voter in Kansas.  There were 390,000 people who voted for Davis. That’s pretty amazing.

As a side note, Republicans no need to use hushed tones with me when talking about the election.  You and I both know that I would be gloating like crazy if my side would have won – so celebrate!  I would have been doing an election day, touchdown victory dance every time you brought up the election.  I think you should do the same thing.  It’s only fair.




9 thoughts on “A liberal voter in Kansas experiences the 5 stages of grief post election

  1. Joel Waldman says:

    Very honest and funny, and sad.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Denise says:

    Aimee, you forgot the stage of wanting to move out of Kansas! My husband and I have talked about this. So have a few of my friends. I have two sets of friends who are moving. We are totally fed up with living in a state of people we can’t possibly understand or relate to.

    1. lindiana55 says:

      Please don’t leave. We need more of you, not fewer.

  3. Remember what these idiots believe: conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed.

  4. Heather says:

    Twitter suggested I follow you today. I wish I had known about you on election night. We could have cried into Free State beer together or something. I like you am a lifelong Kansas who sometimes feels I am the only liberal one. Stage 4 big time! I am still not quite at acceptance. My husband is from Oregon. I dream of moving there sometimes where we would find “others” like us.

    Ironically my college roommate at Pitt State’s maiden name was Amy Patton so I feel like perhaps we have been friends all along and you are just spelling your name the wrong way 😉

    1. Aimee Patton says:

      Hi Heather,

      It’s never too late to get together and cry into some Free State beer! The message is clear – you aren’t alone sister! There are many of us liberals in Kansas who are feeling the pain right now. Sounds like your roommate was a cool gal except that she spelled her first name wrong. Glad I made a new friend today! Welcome to my blog.

  5. themadkansan says:

    …Oh, Aimee.

    Let me just say one thing: be glad you live at the ‘sane’ end of the state. I am ragingly atheist/socialist/unionist/populist, and I live in =Hays=. I am currently ready to take a flamethrower to this place…

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