Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Wednesday 11/3 links

US News & World Report columnist Michael Barone: "The second Bush term."

Earth (via Washington Post columnist Anne Appelbaum) to Kerry: "Accept the Verdict."

Captain's Quarters blogger "Captain Ed" Morrissey posts two items of particular note:
first, if the Kerry campaign does the math it will concede--but will it do so? And second, remember Clark County, Ohio? The so-called swing country that was unwilling recipient of all that advice from Guardian readers? Bush took it, 51-49%.

Influential blogger
Hugh Hewitt draws an acute distinction: "Pete Coors is a gentleman. Trailing by less than 50,000 votes out of nearly 1.8 million and with 12% of Colorado's precincts yet to be tallied, Pete nevertheless took a calm look at the numbers and called Ken Salazar to concede. Classy. Contrast that with Tom Daschle, Tony Knowles and Betty Castor, and of course John Kerry. No reasonable interpretation of the data in any of these races can give any of these candidates a win, but they are hanging on."

National Review Online guest columnist Robert Moran characterizes yesterday's events as "A Political Gettysburg": "We're witnessing the political equivalent of Gettysburg. The Democrats needed to win this election to turn their prospects around. They needed the White House to win back the Supreme Court. They needed a pliable Senate to water down or halt the House Republicans. They failed, utterly."

Good news/bad news from satirical blogger ScrappleFace
Scott Ott. The good news: "Al Gore Concedes to Winner of Popular Vote." The bad news: "However, a spokesman for the Kerry-Edwards campaign said, "Presidential elections are not decided by popular vote. We need the electoral college to guard against the specter of a few dense population areas determining the direction of our entire nation."