Wednesday, November 03, 2004


Blogger appears to have been down for much of the day, thus robbing me of the ability to provide dozens of profound and scintillating insights on the election. Alas! Still, a few are worth making:

Jeff Jarvis has a pledge I think I can live by:
I promise to... Support the President, even if I didn't vote for him..... Criticize the President, even if I did vote for him..... Uphold standards of civilized discourse in blogs and in media while pushing both to be better.... Unite as a nation, putting country over party, as we work together to make America better.

Ed Moltzen points to another undisputed win that took place yesterday:
Election Day has come and gone.

No terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Kerry made a gracious concession speech. All the more important for the timing. I'm glad that he decided not to draw out the process unnecessarily. Unlike, I'm sad to note, his running mate:
One senior Democrat familiar with the discussions in Boston said Kerry's running mate, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, was suggesting that he shouldn't concede.

The official said Edwards, a trial lawyer, wanted to make sure all options were explored and that Democrats pursued them as thoroughly as Republicans would if the positions were reversed.

Exit polls, especially early one, have proven to be next to useless. When will we resist the temptation to read any significance into them?

The chimerical youth vote actually did turn out this time, but so did unprecedented numbers of other voters which diluted the strength of the new young voters. Better luck next time.

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