The temptation to avoid.

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The texts keep coming in.

And coming in.

And coming in.


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And this.

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And this.

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And a million more.

And, as a paranoid human who hates counting his chickens, I just wanna scream, “Stop! Stop! Stop! Stop!”


So here’s the deal. As we speak, it is far more likely that Harley Rouda wins than loses. He’s up roughly 3,000 votes on Dana Rohrabacher, which is a relatively chunky total. Right now, Dana is pretty sure he’s not winning and Harley is pretty sure he’s not losing.

That said, there are tons of votes to still count. In Orange County, we’re talking more than 400,000 remaining ballots to read. In the 48th District, that could be, oh, 30,000 ballots. Maybe less. Maybe more. But a lot. And we might not know for certain until late November/early December.

So two things:

  1. Let’s calmly wait this thing out.
  2. Let’s stop with the Dana Rohrabacher shit talk. I’ve seen a lot of it, and I absolutely hate it. A. Because he still might prevail; and B. It’s just not classy. I’m a sports journalist by trade, and the athletes I love most are the ones who don’t feel compelled to sling yang following a triumph. Let the action speak for you. Also (and this might sound a bit odd, considering the nature of this website), I think—should Harley hold on—we (as a collective) have to be classy and decent when it comes to Dana Rohrabacher. Yes, he’s been a dreadful congressman. No, I’m not a fan. But he has held this job for 30 years, and that warrants some level of respect.

So, in conclusion, chill.

And chill kindly.

1 thought on “The temptation to avoid.”

  1. I understand your angst. Just remember, people are so excited to see a light at the end of the tunnel regarding Dana. Please don’t blame them from being over enthusiastic. We are all in this together.


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