Democracy served us well last night. But we put it to a fairly extreme test. Now it's our job to reform the system so the voters don't need to be quite as heroic next time. And it would be nice of the airwaves were selling us new American cars rather than retreaded political lies.
The trick is to develop enough confidence in the models that we are not tempted to manually override them when they contradict our own preciously-held view of the world. This is unfortunately also difficult in practice.
The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.
Romney didn't lose because of a tropical storm. The great majority of voters had already made up their minds by then. Romney also didn't lose due to a lack of campaign funds, the (mythical) liberal media, or because America just doesn't like rich people.
Karl Rove led a parade of "experts" masquerading as fair-minded analysts whose real agenda was to line their own pockets by feeding the public's craving for information that confirms their biases. Here, 10 of the worst offenders.
In order to stay a national party, the GOP must abandon the politics of fear, division, xenophobia, and religious extremism. They have to abandon absolutist ideology in a number of areas including social policy, religion, taxes, and spending.
Lo and behold, the faith-based Mitt Romney surge in swing states oft prophesied in the Fox News Channel echo chamber simply wasn't materializing. But reality still eluded one of the biggest names on Fox. You may have heard about Karl Rove's antics last night.
Ann Coulter helped in her own inimitable, thoughtless, empty, soulless way to help get Barack Obama elected. She created her own self-fulfilling prophecy. Poor Ann Coulter. She must be so pissed off. The heart bleeds.
The consensus is that this presidential election may all come down to Ohio and a few other "swing" states, as it did in 2000 and 2004. If there are any voting irregularities to be found this time around, Ohio will be the place to look first.
We are deciding which candidate can deal with the real problems America will face. What's more relevant in answering that question than what we've faced the past seven days?
For four years, Fox has caricatured President Obama as a a teleprompted, golf-loving, incompetent alien with no record or integrity... so how will they explain Obama's victory to incredulous viewers?
I've predicted that Prop 30 -- the California initiative to temporarily raise taxes on the rich, along with a quarter-cent sales tax hike, to stave off big education cuts and stabilize the state budget -- will lose. Sometimes I like being wrong. This would definitely be one of those times.
There's mounting fall-out from reports, first broken by The Free Press, that a Mitt Romney-linked company owns the Hart Intercivic voting machines used in key counties in Colorado, Ohio and other states. The stories have stoked new fears about a "stolen" election.
It's time to turn the tables. Not only should there be a federal investigation, but Democrats and progressives should also use the so-called "ACORN rule" to cut Federal funding to the Republican Party.