A smart lawyer with whom I worked on a difficult project would listen to people going on behind the scenes about the deal and the politics of the deal and then say, "Nevertheless, we are where we are."
That was our cue to get back to work.
Because difficult projects are...difficult. Things don't always go according to plan. You have to adjust and keep moving forward.
So to the GPAC team: You are where you are. It's not where you want to be, but you have a great product and now you need to adjust to the new realities to get the thing built.
That may mean winning a vote, and it definitely means winning a PR battle. So, you better get serious about doing that. And that means running a campaign that reaches young people and extends to zip codes you rarely visit (which means spending money).
If you're Robbie Perkins, it means finding ways to make the guy who wants your job and the woman who will eventually get it become solid proponents of this thing, and practicing persuasion instead of arm-twisting up and down the dais.
Otherwise, you might as well quit now.