November 04, 2008

Let's Celebrate--and Choose Not To Indulge In The Following Studiously Glum Thoughts
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The Bradley Effect. "God damn America!" "Kill him!" "Why can't he close the deal?" "Isn't he a Muslim?" The "terrorist fist jab." The New Yorker cover. Michelle's chimerical "whitey" speech. After all of the aggrieved musings and smug insistences, the deal is done. And now, let's celebrate. Don't talk about how Obama didn't win by enough points. Okay: There are whites out there who didn't vote for him because of, or partly because of, his color. We heard all about them in a thousand earnest newspaper and magazine articles all summer and fall. We were told to worry. We did.

Mccain's Concession Speech
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McCain just gave an incredibly gracious concession speech. He spent the first few minutes reflecting on America's history of racism--and the moral significance of electing an African-American. He saluted Obama for inspiring so many young people and first-time voters, then offered his sympathies for the death of Obama's grandmother. The address contained not a whiff of ideology or partisanship. Instead, McCain called upon all Americans, even those who had voted for him, to offer the new administration its support and seek common ground.

Remember When...
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...John Edwards was implying--if not quite saying outright--that it would take another Southern white male to bring Democrats back to the White House? --Michael Crowley

Rahm To Wh?
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Per Roll Call, sure looks like it: Senior Democrats on and off Capitol Hill were becoming increasingly convinced late Tuesday that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) is preparing to quit his post as the fourth-ranking House Democrat to accept a job as White House chief of staff in an Obama administration.... Several sources said Emanuel has not yet informed his fellow House Democratic leaders of any decision, but that he has told other confidants that he is going to accept an offer to join Obama’s administration. --Michael Crowley

What's Grover Norquist Doing Today?
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We asked a few politicos if they have any Election Day rituals or superstitions that they adhere to. Here's anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist. During the day I write, because there's not too much else to do. In 2004 I got a call from Zogby at 2 p.m. telling me that Kerry is sweeping the country. I had an article due the next day, so I wrote about what happens now that Democrats control the White House. So, of course, I had to re-write that. Normally, I also go out to a party at night.

Photo Of The Day
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A U.S. Military officer carries the 'football,' which contains nuclear launch codes, outside the White House on January 7, 2002 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) --Michael Crowley

More Good News For Obama
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The Redskins lost: On Monday, the Washington Redskins lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6. Since 1936, if the Redskins lost their last home game before Election Day, the party that lost the popular vote in the previous election wound up in the White House. If the Redskins won, the party that won the popular vote in the previous election won again. --Michael Crowley

November 03, 2008

The Inexorable Candidate
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WASHINGTON--A good politician triumphs by adapting to the times and taking advantage of opportunities as they come. A great politician anticipates openings others don't see and creates possibilities that were not there before.John McCain might have been the second kind of politician, tried to be the first, and enters Election Day at a steep disadvantage. Barack Obama certainly seized the opportunities created by President Bush's failures and the country's profound discontent, which only deepened after the economic crash.

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
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COLUMBUS, OHIO--Less than a week before Election Day, the buzz in Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s office is about a Halloween mask. On Thursday morning, The Other Paper, a local news and entertainment weekly, had published a cover plastered with a picture of Brunner’s face, complete with dotted lines where readers could cut it out to wear for the holiday.

24 Hours Of Fox News
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With precious little time remaining until the election, last week I sat down to watch as much Fox News as I reasonably could over a 24-hour period. As one might expect with Barack Obama so close to the presidency, the channel is in full nuclear meltdown mode; I was afraid the stench of desperation would waft out of the television set and into my studio apartment. Fox is going ballistic for good reason: These days, absolutely nothing is going right--in both declensions of the word.