Whether you love college basketball or are indifferent to it, you are probably aware of a phenomenon called “March Madness”. It’s a time when schools you didn’t know exist take out powerhouses like Duke and Syracuse and you are left hoping “please don’t let that happen to my team”. If the worst happens, you might not watch the rest of the tournament, you may forever hold a grudge against the winner or the referees(or both), and you chill until next year.
In politics, however, what happens after your candidate loses matters a great deal. We encourage you to help your candidate, spread the word, walk petitions, help with fundraising, make phone calls and then – uh, oh – the Primary election happens and your guy or gal didn’t make it. There are hurt feelings about what that other candidate did. He/she outspent your favorite, had better signs, got asked to speak more. Now, it’s late August and we have eight weeks or so to get the winner of the Primary elected. We don’t have the luxury of waiting until next year to get your team to win. You get on board and help the new “team” because that’s what it’s all about.
We have a host of wonderful candidates this year, many for the same offices, and only one will win for each. Do what you can to keep it enthusiastic, but civil, and be prepared to help the winners get to the finish line in November.