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November 08, 2004

Quickly Now

Heidi's maps of how the electoral vote went down do an awesome job of putting the supposed “mandate” in perspective. UPDATE: More map madness to make sense of the mayhem. Oh, and if you want a copy of the Daily Mirror's memorable post-election cover for posterity, you can get one here. After missing tons of class and reading this semester, I'm going to try to start being a law student again for a while. In the aftermath of this election, I'm less convinced than ever that some kind of legal career is even worthwhile, and still less sure of what direction I should take in such a career. But the question seems to be: Do we need good progressive legal activists, or do we need militant revolutionary leaders? Since I just don't think I'm cut out for the truly radical fight, maybe being a lawyer is my only option. Speaking of revolution, Happy Bolshevik Revolution anniversary, one day late. Do you know how hard it is to read U.S. labor law with the Bolshevik Revolution in your head? Is it just me, or is the world a really sad place right now?

Posted November 8, 2004 10:40 AM | election 2004


'In the aftermath of this election, Iím less convinced than ever that some kind of legal career is even worthwhile, and still less sure of what direction I should take in such a career. But the question seems to be: Do we need good progressive legal activists, or do we need militant revolutionary leaders?'

I'm thinking I should have gone to divinity school. Oh well, lets get back to becoming an IP activist. Thats a pretty cross-partisan issue.

Posted by: actus at November 8, 2004 10:46 AM

Yeah, I think the world is a pretty sad place right now, but that's why we need to get over it, and get back on track! As liberals (I'm assuming here, that you self-identify as a liberal... ;) we can either wallow in defeat or pause, reflect, gather our wits and come back out swinging. That's what I, for one, intend to do. I do not intend to squander the momentum and energy we've gained going into this election. We lost the battle, we haven't lost the war.

Posted by: -Dave! at November 8, 2004 12:12 PM

Last Wednesday, our labor law professor gave us a pep talk for the first 20 minutes of class. He needed to -- we were awfully morose.

Posted by: Shelley at November 8, 2004 02:25 PM

Professor Dingleberry was hosting the Daily Mirror cover as well. I thought about linking it, but I would hate to give that asshat any more traffic than he already gets from the religious loon school of lawyering.

Posted by: musclehead at November 9, 2004 02:08 AM

don't give up now! you should have come to birmingham for the NLG convention last month - some GW people were there. but there's tons of progressive causes that need lawyers, and a great community of progressive attorneys out there to support you and me and all of us students that are going to kick some ass in the next four years.

Posted by: monica at November 9, 2004 11:44 PM

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