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post election blues

November 13th, 2004 · No Comments

I’ve been thinking about the results of the US election, making a few notes, saving a few URLs in the attempts to recover from my initial horror and gain some perspective. The notion that the election was “hacked” has been making the rounds, and just this morning I’ve read two useful pieces taking issue with the temptations to jump to conclusions and indulge in more intense forms of paranoia and conspiracy theorizing. Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor has a piece in the Berkeley Daily Planet, and the other piece by Manuel Roig-Franzia and Dan Keating in The Washington Post. One of the internet sites critiqued, Consortium News in the article takes issues with the Post writers’ claims. Barlow offers an emphathetic way of stepping back in Magnanimous Defeat.

A few more links:

Solid suggestions from the Bull Moose, on what the democrats need to do to make the best of the election results. Thanks, as always, to Josh Marshall for the pointer.

In Thursday’s post-election assessment, Juan Cole asks “Why don’t the Democrats have county data bases as good as Karl Rove’s?” Cole is just one of the progressives making the common sense suggestion that the Democrats need to reach out to “red state voters.” Read Josh Marshall every day!

Also check out this transcript of a Thomas Mann interview
Barrett Watten has posted a work in progress, “Blue State: Reading the Election with Kenneth Fearing,” offering an alternative to journalistic perspectives.

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