The party was already going when I got
there. June and Woody showed up soon after with a fine cake that had
Barry's logo built into the icing. The big news of the evening was that
June and Woody are going to get married!
The outcome of the election was already
clear. Jackie Speier was going to Washington as Tom Lantos replacement.
There would be no runoff in May.
People were discussing how to take the
vote. Mateus was saying that in Connecticut a result like that one
would be a repudiation of Barry's message. Barry hadn't gotten that
much press, but he had mailed out 60,000 copies of his flier to Greens
living in the district. Ray was saying that Jackie Speier had done no
mailings he knew of. I'm thinking now that in a special election like
this one, turnout is the key. There just aren't that many Greens that
will turn out just to support our candidate. (Getting them to vote for
us when they are at the polls anyhow is much easier.) The Democratic
faithful all went to the polls with instructions to vote for Jackie
Speier. End of story. I wish there was more to it than that, but I
Susan King thought watching the news
would be a great idea. The coverage was dominated by the Olympic Torch
story. It had just been put out a couple of times in France, and was
going to be in San Francisco the next day.
When they got around to discussing the
election, they didn't even mention Barry Hermanson. I know how
disappointing that feels. When I can in fifth out of five running for
Congress in 1992 I had gotten even less attention. Two people came to
my election night party that time, Laurie and her
daughter Kira. At least Barry got a party that was worth something.