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Why So Serious, Obama?

(27) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 5:30 PM

The biggest takeaway from Barack Obama's first press conference as president-elect: campaign trail Obama has left the building.

President-elect Obama's soaring speeches will be remembered as the hallmark of his 2008 run, which never would have happened, of course, without a soaring speech in 2004. Even while he sought...

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Schadenfreude: It's Not Just For the Right Anymore

(23) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 3:52 PM

The avalanche of schadenfreude breaking out among Democrats after eight long years of a Republican presidency need not be limited to the right. Here, for example, is Ralph Nader calling Barack Obama an "Uncle Tom." (ht: Andrew Sullivan) Can you taste that bitterness, Dems? Sweet sweet bitterness....

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Slowest. Election. Day. Ever.

(15) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 1:03 PM

If the 2004 election day were a movie it would be reviewed by local stations as "a high octane thrill ride," "an edge of your seat adventure," and featuring a "a surprise ending guaranteed to shock."

We're halfway through the 2008 election day and the blurb is more apt for...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 10:05 AM

After spending a week in sunny Florida gently mocking the state's famously incompetent Board of Elections and offering my sincere pity to the many voters I witnessed waiting in 2, 3, or even 5 hour lines to cast their ballot early, I woke up this morning in Brooklyn to find:

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