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Ohio was not chaotic and the turnout wasn’t that high. Did both sides over-hype?

A wise explanation of recounts: they are done to help the loser.

Jim Geraghty has a sound idea that has somehow escaped the grasp of many on the Right: pitch to both independents and conservatives. Wow, sort of like Ronald Reagan did–find a leader and act like a real national party.

John Miller explains why, regardless of conservatives’ view of Palin, the McCain team is becoming the Typhoid Mary (or Nicole) of politics.

Bill Kristol is right: the McCain staff, Steve Schmidt included, descended into a bizarre and self-destructive paranoia which leads one to conclude they were fundamentally unfit to run a presidential campaign.

This seems on target: “No one really cares by now who did what to whom. The important point is that Mrs. Palin isn’t responsible for Tuesday’s defeat. The sages who urged Mr. McCain to ‘suspend’ his campaign and throw himself in the middle of bailout talks on Capitol Hill can take far more credit for the loss.”

This is pretty embarrassing. Is this a new MSNBC slogan: “Speak Fondly To Power.”

Mark Hemingway has some fun at the AP’s expense. That raises the next question: will the MSM cover the first term in real time, or do we have to wait for that until after the 2012 election?

Now there’s a temperament problem.

John Hinderaker makes a excellent point on “small government” — it really hasn’t ever been put into practice. Moreover, is there any indication there is a clamoring for shrinking the size of government? It seems smarter, better, and more market-oriented government might be a more attractive selling point.

This awful Elizabeth Dole ad likely didn’t make any difference. But, along with George Allen’s attack on the novel written by Jim Webb, it will rank as one of the most desperate moves in Senate campaign history.

Jonathan Adler thinks that Obama can do better than RFK, Jr. for a cabinet post. Really, they ran against the “war on science.”

Better than being on Nixon’s enemy list.

I’m not sure if Rahm Emanuel is a good or bad thing, either for the new President or those who want to slow down the runaway train to the Left. But I agree with this criticism about the knee-jerk RNC reaction. Are there no adults there? Is there no let up in the email petty campaigning? It really isn’t necessary to hear their snark–lots of conservative and mainstream critics pretty much have down the pro’s and con’s of the Emanuel pick.

I’d like to think Dan Gerstein is right when he says of Emanuel: “This is not the guy you bring in to run your administration if you are planning on being redistributionist-in-chief.”

A sound assessment of what went wrong for Republicans by Al Gore advisor Carter Eskew: “The short answer is that they steered by the lights of passing ships rather than the stars. The Republicans chose tactics — the “celebrity” ad, the choice of Sarah Palin, suspending the campaign — designed to win a news cycle rather than sticking to a strategy that could win the election. But, in fairness, was there a winning strategy for John McCain in such a year as this? .  .  . And he also seemed disadvantaged by a disorganized campaign. Presidential campaigns are like diving bells that go deep into ever-increasing pressure. If the structure isn’t sound, the rivets pop.”

David Brooks is hoping that the Obama team will “take significant action on the problems facing the country without causing a mass freak-out among voters to the right of Nancy Pelosi.”



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