Political Posturing: Is This Name OK?

oh stan oh ollie Senior KE04 advisors who analyzed Ohio Tuesday night unanimously agreed it was a losing battle; Edwards wanted to wait and see. KE04 may have underestimated power of incumbency and strength of cultural conservatives. [WP, NYT, NYT, NYT, USAT, WSJ]

Both campaigns staged incredible fight in Ohio but Bush brought out rural voters with commitment to marriage, life, faith and his systematic ground war won; Kerry earned more votes than any Democrat candidate. [WP, WP, WP, NYT, NYT, NYT, USAT, USAT, LAT, WSJ]

Bartlett angrily called networks to declare Bush's reelection; Tucker was "shocked" to learn Florda, Ohio were Bush country: "I don't know a single journalist who voted for Bush, not one." Walter Shapiro: "We're really worried that the message will be that total lack of access, message discipline and information processed through the blandest possible official spokesmen is the way to get reelected." [WP, WP, NYT, USAT, LAT]

Kerry said, "That's it" when informed of Ohio loss by Shrum, Cahill. Shrum to Kerry on Tuesday night: "I think you're going to make it." Thorne: "Obviously, we missed something here." [WP]

"A referendum on which anxiety is greater": Voters united by anxiety about economy, terrorism, and/or values; Bush narrowed gap among women voters to 5% due to security fears. Scholar: "The last time I saw this, not only the high degree of anxiety but people anxious about many things, was the late 1960s." [WP]

Bush, obliged with issues from first term, expected to pursue agenda early and aggressively; could broaden appeal of GOP. Graham: "We have six months to give the president a legacy he will be proud of." [WP, NYT, NYT, USAT]

Conservatives energized by gay marriage bans, which provided coattails; gay groups vow legal fight. Bauer: "[T]hey're losing millions of voters that they might be able to get on economic issues, but just can't stomach that party's association with Hollywood and cultural radicalism." [WP, WP, NYT]

115.7m strong plus millions of uncounted absentee and mail ballots. Latino voters near 8m, up from 5.9m in 2000; black voters up 25%; youth vote up to 20.9m. [WP, LAT, LAT]

Shrum: "At 7:30 last night, I was absolutely convinced that John Kerry had been elected president of the United States." [LAT]

Dowd: "I always thought love would trump hate." [WSJ]

Counting in Ohio will take weeks. [USAT]

Strong win could make Republicans more partisan. [LAT]

Reid hopes to head Senate Democrats. [WP, USAT]

Exit polls went haywire, over-weighting blocs of voters, causing confusion and chaos. [WP, NYT, USAT, LAT]

Blogs post inaccurate exits! Ana Marie Cox: "I hope I've had some role in killing exit polls. To the extent that blogs provide people with bad or misleading information, I hope that teaches people not to trust media in general." [WSJ]

Expect significant churn within administration. Ashcroft, Ridge likely to exit. [WP, NYT, LAT]

Eyes on Hillary. Advisor: "She knows that she has to keep her eye on the ball, and the ball is 2006. She's methodical and meticulous, and so she is going to focus on what's in front of her right now." [NYT]

Edwards' future open. Scholar: "Edwards was a thoroughbred, and they kept him in the barn." [WP]

Voters believe in Bush's character. [NYT]

Foreign leaders called for reformed relations. [NYT, USAT]

Bush to spend weekend at Camp David. [NYT]

Kerry lacked clear message, vision, say second-guessers. [LAT]

Blue coasts, cities feel depressed, powerless. [NYT, NYT, LAT]

Jeb credits high turnout. [NYT, USAT, LAT]

Salazar helped by rural roots. [USAT]

When networks called key states: ABC first with Florida, CBS first with Pennsylvania, FNC first with Ohio. [USAT, USAT]

Soros, Shrum, P.Diddy, exit polls, and gay wedding industry on losing end; Obama, Blunt, DeMint, Martinez, Thune gain prominence. [WP, WSJ]

Fox News ratings up three-fold from 2000; 2.1m for "Daily Show." [WSJ]

[AFP/Hector Mata]


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