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From E.J. Dionne’s column this morning:

The surge happened. Votes are still being tallied, but it appears that the Democrats emerged with at least as large a margin in the popular vote in House races this year as Bush enjoyed in winning two years ago.

This is simply wrong. 

Here is a longer post on the subject, but to use just one example from it:

In the 2004 presidential election, George Bush gathered 2,859,764 votes in Ohio, 1,178,649 more than Mike DeWine’s 1,681,015 earned on Tuesday, and 726,059 more than Sherrod Brown’s 2,133,705.

Nearly 1.6 million Buckeye voters stayed home last Tuesday than turned out for the presidential election.

It was a very standard sixth-year election, a defeat for the incumbent party atypical only in the narrowness of the losses and small size of the new majorities’ margins in House and Senate.  Huffing and puffing for a Democratic mandate won’t change the facts of 2004.  The Republicans lost a round a week ago.  It was an unnecessary loss, but not a disastrous one.  Dems have already fallen to fighting among themselves and calling for Vietnam 2.0.  The upside for the GOP is going to become very clear very fast.

Clarity is a wonderful thing.



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