NEW YORK - It’s a long way from the Manhattan office of psychoanalyst Sherman Pheiffer to the Cambridge, Mass., practice of psychologist Jaine Darwin. But both are in blue states that voted heavily for John Kerry, and on the day he conceded, they heard plenty of distress about the election.
“My patients were incredulous, depressed, angry, very frightened,” Pheiffer said. “Everyone talked about feeling frightened (about) the future of this country.”
Darwin heard the same kinds of reactions. At the end of the campaign, Massachusetts Democrats “kind of let themselves hope Kerry would pull it out,” she said, so patients felt “the roller coaster had crashed. I think we all had a little post-Red Sox magical thinking.”
And among Kerry campaign volunteers, of course, the loss was still stinging the day after the concession.
“If I happened to be on a tranquilizer or Prozac, I would have to triple my dose,” joked Sam Feldman, a 75-year-old retired businessman who lives on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts but who volunteered for Kerry in Florida.
Elizabeth Marshall, a volunteer at the Centre County Democrats headquarters in Pennsylvania, said people there showed “bereavement, almost. People feel that something they had, which was hope for imminent change, has been taken from them.”