I suffered from the illusion that the immense volume of public condemnation of George W. Bush (perhaps more than any previous election) would translate into a positive surge of support for Kerry. I've suffered from this misnomer during the entire election, and I think that now I understand my disappointment during the Kerry campaign.
As I write this I realize that a campaign consisting predominantly of criticism and vilification will mobilize the supporters of one's opponent just as much as one's own supporters. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Another thing I had hoped (without fully realizing it) was that a possible election of Kerry would signify a shifting away from this new conservativism and trending towards the "religious right". However, it's obvious that the pendulum is not yet ready to swing back towards tolerance, true compassion, and rationality.
Take heart, this too will pass.