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November 3, 2004

Concession Depression

This shit's official:

President Bush won a second term from a divided and anxious nation, his promise of steady, strong wartime leadership trumping John Kerry's fresh-start approach to Iraq and joblessness. After a long, tense night of vote counting, the Democrat called Bush Wednesday to concede Ohio and the presidency, The Associated Press learned.
Kerry ended his quest, concluding one of the most expensive and bitterly contested races on record, with a call to the president shortly after 11 a.m. EST, according to two officials familiar with the conversation.
The victory gave Bush four more years to pursue the war on terror and a conservative, tax-cutting agenda and probably the opportunity to name one or more justices to an aging Supreme Court.
He also will preside over expanded Republican majorities in Congress.
"Congratulations, Mr. President," Kerry said in the conversation described by sources as lasting less than five minutes. One of the sources was Republican, the other a Democrat.
The Democratic source said Bush called Kerry a worthy, tough and honorable opponent. Kerry told Bush the country was too divided, the source said, and Bush agreed. "We really have to do something about it," Kerry said according to the Democratic official.
Kerry placed his call after weighing unattractive options overnight. With Bush holding fast to a six-figure lead in make-or-break Ohio, Kerry could give up or trigger a struggle that would have stirred memories of the bitter recount in Florida that propelled Bush to the White House in 2000.

Fear wins the White House. Let the Democratic cannibalism begin.

I don't need Tom Skilling to tell me: this is gonna be one cold winter. I need some booze.

"Concession Depression"
Posted by Dan at 11:47 AM


To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems!

It was a bloody mary morning around here, as well (followed by a gin-soaked afternoon.) It's going to take some time to recover...

Posted by: Miguel Sánchez on November 3, 2004 at 04:31 PM

Referenced in this post:

ABC News: Kerry Calls Bush to Concede Election (AP)
SNL Transcripts: A.M. Ale
WGNTV: Tom Skilling