However, I don't think a Kerry win is likely now. They need to take an inventory of Ohio, but I expect a concession later this week. However, the sky isn't completely dark. Bush now has no choice but to confront the mess he made in Iraq, and I think things will continue to get worse there and reflect poorly on Bush and his cohorts. I think there's a major rift in the Republican party that's going to open up now between the social conservatives and the fiscal conservatives; without a presidential election to unite them, there will be civil war within their ranks. This could lead to credible alternative candidates that will siphon off Republican blocks on a national level; I don't think we would have won in '92 without Perot to sap the strength of Bush, and we could have really used someone like him to pull away Republicans from GW in 2000.
There was one highlight for me tonight: Mark Strama won the state representative race against Jack Stick. My friend tesseract26 was a key player in Strama's campaign, and I send her and her fellow campaign workers my congratulations.