November 3, 2004


11:05 Fox News--Kerry called W and conceded.

Here's all you really need to know about this election: Mr. Kerry's Senate colleagues won't consider him for Minority Leader, but the Party nominated him for President of the United States.

Betty Castor conceded to Mel Martinez too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2004 11:07 AM

"Our long national nightmare is over!"

Posted by: Timothy at November 3, 2004 11:13 AM

French commander surrenders.

(Wait, that's not news!)

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 3, 2004 11:28 AM

We really should take the time to appreciate what just happened. Kerry has conceded rather than drag this out, and by doing so, has reaffirmed the validity of the system, and has helped put to rest some of the 2000 rancor.

I for one will be hoisting a drink to Kerry tonight.

Thank you, Senator.

Posted by: Ryan at November 3, 2004 11:29 AM

If true, methinks Kerry does this as a gentlemanly gesture (which is it) and thereby get a lot of goodwill. He stays in the Senate and tries again in 2008. Perrhaps he even throws in his hat to be the next senate minority leader?

Posted by: pchuck at November 3, 2004 11:30 AM

For all of his faults, if indeed Kerry has conceded, my respect for him has just went up considerably.

Posted by: MB at November 3, 2004 11:33 AM

Ditto MB.

Posted by: Jeff at November 3, 2004 11:35 AM

I agree that it was a gracious move by Kerry. But it really wasn't that hard to see the writing on the wall. CNN kept refusing to call this election long after the outcome was clear. When all the counting is done Bush is going to have one heck of a mandate. I think I'd better rush to the airport, to say goodbye to all the people who promised they'd leave America if Bush won!

Posted by: The_Lighthousekeeper at November 3, 2004 11:42 AM

A commendable gesture from Kerry, and one which will probably save him his Senate seat.

Posted by: mike earl at November 3, 2004 11:49 AM

I'm assuming the Kerry operatives who are not out in Michael Moore-land ran the numbers and saw the results were going to be impossible to reverse, and the senator agreed that no effort even with the help of the media was going to flip Ohio.

Kerry's concession almost made me tune into Air America when I was listening to XM in my car a little while ago, but I decided not to take pleasure from others' anger and/or suffering -- unless some ad hoc Soros 527 goes off on their own and files suit to change the outcome in the next few hours. Then I'll be in full gloat mode.

Posted by: John at November 3, 2004 11:54 AM

It was over by midnight. He should have addressed his own supporters not sent out Edwards.

Posted by: oj at November 3, 2004 11:55 AM

Kerry could read the writing on the wall: the 250K provisional votes his campaign claimes was more like 150K, making it a million to one shot. I agree, unlike Al Gore, he quit as soon as he realized it was over, but it wasn't exactly self-immolation.

Posted by: AC at November 3, 2004 11:56 AM

I'd like to take a moment to recognize the contributions of Mr. Soros and his cohorts for contributing millions to our economy which should help to bring the economy into full swing now that the sun has come out from behind the clouds.

My elation is somewhat dampened as I've come to realize the extent to which the migration from the states immediately to our South has altered the political demographics of NH ... now a blue state ... oh the shame.

Posted by: genecis at November 3, 2004 12:05 PM

Gore would have been a fool to concede too early.

I certainly hope that if the shoe is on the other foot, Republicans would react similiarly to Gore.
The real problem came about with the partisan Florida Supreme Court.

The numbers are just not there for Kerry, so I see no reason to applaud or criticize his behavior.

Posted by: h-man at November 3, 2004 12:07 PM

Thank God for:

Australia Tony Blair John Howard the people of Afghanistan 130,000 voters in Ohio Florida Ohio the U.S. Military the 57 million American voters the people of Iraq Dick Cheney

a sea of red states in the South



and George W. Bush

Posted by: pchuck at November 3, 2004 12:16 PM

Oh, I forgot, thank God for:

The Swift Boat Vets

Posted by: pchuck at November 3, 2004 12:20 PM

NH isn't all that blue; neither is PA or WI. There's a reasonable chance of redness in all these places in the next go-round.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 3, 2004 12:40 PM

I would say residual anti-Southern hatred is
one reason that keeps some of the Northern tier
states from going solidly red.

That is one of the quirks of the realigned
electorate. The North-South divide can often
overwhelm other considerations.

I would say however, if the republicans should adopt a more anti-immigration stance then they will be hitting 40+ territory.

Posted by: J.H. at November 3, 2004 1:18 PM

I live in Vermont, so I feel your pain. Just keep fighting the good fight, and someday you'll have a Republican governor too!

Posted by: Governor Breck at November 3, 2004 2:26 PM

"I would say however, if the republicans should adopt a more anti-immigration stance then they will be hitting 40+ territory."

There's more Hispanics than there are anti-immigrationists.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at November 4, 2004 12:35 AM