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November 3, 2004
Final Thoughts On The Election

I have just a few more thoughts to share with everyone on this election. I started this blog about a year ago, and although I didn't conceive of it as an election project, it certainly became that. It has been my privilege and pleasure to share my thoughts and opinions with you, and my honor that so many of you have become regular readers.

One aspect of this election that may have been lost in all this analysis is that we successfully held a national election in the middle of the war on terror -- and while we had a highly negative and immature discourse, no one shied away from speaking out, and we turned out in record numbers (at least it looks that way now), rather than cower under our beds. Democrat or Republican, Libertarian or Green, pat yourselves on the back. You just won a major battle against the terrorists.

Bush won an absolute majority of the popular vote, by more than three points, and took about a 30-vote majority in the Electoral College. Once the Kerry campaign learns to do math in the morning, this election will have little or no stigma attached to it, hopefully lightening the political mood for the next four years. Everybody voted, no one got chased from the polling station, and that means we can give up the conspiracy theories and the demonization that has poisoned our political processes for the last two election cycles.

I'm hopeful. Of course I wanted Bush to win, but my primary concern was that we have a clear result. We've seen that come to pass. The people have spoken; now it's time to move on with the nation's business.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 3, 2004 2:50 AM

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