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What a Relief!

The election is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The popular vote may well be something like what Peter and Rove said. Most of the states that should have been close really were. The Obama ground game didn’t seem to inflate his numbers much, although enough to carry VA, OH, and FL. The biggest reason reason VA and FL were lost is all sorts of Republican stupidity. GA was a completely unexpected blowout, even with a fairly low tournout on the actual election day. And Chambliss won without a runoff. My county gave McCain exactly the same 70% to McCain as it did to Bush in 2004. I now tend to agree with who say that without the economic meltdown and bailout this would have been a very close election.

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Congratulations to President - Elect Obama. I wish him good luck, good health, and most of all good judgement. He put together a great organization and ran a smart campaign. Having said that, Dukakis could have won given the enviorment and McCain's campaign.

The good news is that the Republicans seem to have retained enough Senate seats to be able to make a respectable stand against whatever is the most extreme legislation in the forthcoming Congress. Now for them to figure out what they have to say to the country and how to communicate it.

Regrets: The vote wasn't quite close enough that a really good McCaign GOTV effort would have made the difference. But a great GOTV effort plus a compelling economic message...

Here is something to look for. In the first half of the 1960s, it became popular for comedians to mock the Republican minority leaders (Ev and Charley). It meant less time mocking JFK and LBJ (prior to his being politically crippled by Vietnam). I wonder if the media are about to discover the comedic potential of Mitch McConnel and John Bohner (or whoever the House GOP leader happens to be).

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