My thoughts on this election
Well, 2004's craziness has come and gone. Here are some of my thoughts:
1 - 5pm yesterday, I had entered depression mode with zogby's poll results, and other exit polls. The entire exit poll process will now be called into question, and in the future I will treat them with a lot less respect.
2 - Kerry's gracious departure was a feather in his cap, and perhaps the best action on his part this entire campaign.
3 - Despite the surprising turn of events, with the electoral college, the popular vote, and changes in congress, Bush has a lot to do. My recommendation would be immediately to move with democrats to work on new co-sponsored legislation.
4 - You have not seen, nor will you see, any gloating from me on this election here. In fact, I was already planning a concession post of my own yesterday. I see no point in rubbing anything in. I recognize the Dems strong feelings about their position, and I respect it. But here is where I differ from some here - rather than blame "Bushies" for this, I think the Democrats, and those in that party represented here, need to realize that their message, however passionate, however much-believed, simply does not connect with the majority of the population at this time. It's not to say that it can't, hasn't, or shouldn't. Just that it didn't this time. It's not about fraud. Or election stealing. It's about the message.
I believe the Democrat party has to retool itsself, get rid of some of the veterans like McCauliffe, and move to embrace the 'new democrat' approach popularized by the likes of Clinton. For example, I am a fan of Obama - he's a democrat that will criticize his own party when necessary. He's a rising star, and very well may be the nation's first black president. I DON'T believe that Hillary in '08 will be good, for the same polarizing reasons that have the dems where they are now. It's time for new blood and life in that party, and perhaps they can shine again in the future!