Gotta say, I was not as nervous last week as I might have been, since I was tracking 538.com and Sam Wang long enough to know better. What a relief not to have to rely on the batshade bubble. But let's also give ourselves an 'A' for what can best be labeled a post-geography lesson:
In Romney's 2 'home' states, Michigan and Massachusetts, Obama won. In Paul Ryan's Wisconsin, Obama won. In Florida, Obama won, eventually (we would have preferred a bit more dominance via Ryan's Medicare-killing budget in the land of the senior). The electoral map still shows the red & blue states, but let's do something Rs cannot: be honest with ourselves. Romney could not have won the popular vote if you were looking solely at where the majority of people live! Leave aside that his only saving grace was a 90-minute side-show in Denver in early October. Leave aside the fact that he had 0 foreign policy experience for a job that requires a lot more than 0. Romney beat himself (!), because he was never able to be himself in front of enough voters who lived where he needed them to live.
Sure, last Tuesday was a great victory for those who believe in social justice and the fairness of the system. Not just because of Obama. Lots of other good people won, too. The estimable Maureen Dowd wrote a longer version of this over the weekend. It wasn't just 'pass/fail', but we passed with flying colors after all: mostly blue, with some purple in there for effect. Welcome to America!