Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How to deal with the withdrawal symptoms

Now that the election is over, how should I deal with the withdrawal symptoms? First, no cold turkey for me. There are still four senate races to obsess about:
(did Alaska really decide to elect a convicted felon? Republicans are more tolerant of scurvy criminals than I thought!)

So, here is my take on one of them. Smith will likely lose to Merkley in Oregon, perhaps by almost 90000 votes when all the ballots are counted. This in spite of the fact that Smith currently has a nearly 8000 vote lead. Of course, we may not know for sure for another day or so.

In the other races, Alaska is just plain weird. Minnesota is so close that there will be an automatic recount --- not sure what will happen there. And Georgia has a special rule that a candidate must get more than 50% of the vote: otherwise there is a runoff election in December: this looks likely to be the case this year.

Yours, continuing my addiction,
N.

1 comment:

Joel Klebanoff said...

I'd just ride out the withdrawal symptoms if I were you.

The jockeying within the Republican party for 2012 should start any minute now. And as soon as Barack Obama makes his first mistake (or just something that is perceived as a mistake), no matter how minor it may be, there will be Democrats putting their names forward for 2012.

And don't forget that the 2010 mid-term elections are only two years away so those campaigns start now.

In short, relax. Your next political fix is on its way.