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Voters overcame dark money, negative ‘tactics’ in election

To the editor:

It was astonishing that the Democrats were not severely beaten in the recent elections. It was a David-defeats-Goliath situation, unlike normal politics. We live in the era of Citizens United in which Republicans have the advantage of huge amounts of dark money. In addition, based on their electoral victories in 2010, Republicans were able to use tactics (like redistricting, voter suppression and others) that in normal circumstances would have given them an overwhelming edge.

Voters made amazing efforts to overcome these tactics. For example, voters made extreme efforts to vote in Florida, where they stood line for a long time, up to seven hours, in order to vote. Also amazing was the resistance of voters to the preponderance of negative TV ads for conservatives and the way voters nevertheless elected Democratic and progressive candidates despite the ads.

I heard one person say, “This is the most important election in my lifetime.” People felt very strongly about this election and many greatly feared a Mitt Romney presidency. The dishonesty and mean-spiritedness of the right wing was fundamentally wrong. Their tactics backfired — but it wasn’t just the tactics. The spirit of the people rose up and spoke up for what we truly believe in.

Darien A. Gardner

Northampton

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