Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The Morning After

Nothing says "class" like sticking your fingers in your ears, closing your eyes, and saying "nah-nah-nah-nah I can't hear you!" It's over Senator Kerry. You lost. Now go back to one of your wife's five mansions, skip a few more Senate sessions, and sulk over how awful your life is.

The same advice, sans the mansions, goes for a good deal of the media too. Pennsylvania has a closer vote total than Ohio, and you're not claiming that one is "too close to call." You all called it for Kerry. Last night.

Checking the numbers at FoxNews.com now.

And I'm unclear why states like Iowa - with 100% of precincts reporting, and Bush up by 15,000 votes - are still uncalled. Or rather, I would be unclear if I didn't know the people responsible for calling are mostly Democrats, currently lighting candles in the Church of the Dangling Chad. Sorry guys. Iowa went for Bush. So did Nevada (100% of precincts reporting, Bush up 20,000 votes), New Mexico (99% of precincts reporting, Bush up 13,000 votes).

Wisconsin sadly seems to have gone for Kerry, much like our own beloved Minnesota. I was hopeful. And we were close. But clearly we have more work to do before the next election.

The final electoral tally is (not "might be," not "is projected to be"):

Bush: 286

Kerry: 252

Closer than I expected, but only because we didn't quite make it over the top in Minnesota and Wisconsin. But we're improving here. No need to hang our heads over this. Just a lesson to learn from and grow on.

Here's a little pick-me-up from Ramesh Ponnuru at the Corner:

"It's the first time the House Republicans have expanded their majority in two successive elections, and the first time they've expanded their majority during a presidential election since 1928."
As we've noted above, this sort of trend is not likely to be accepted with grace and dignity by the other side. But then, they seem to have made a conscious decision to go with "angry" rather than "dignified."

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