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Rising and Shining

Just got up from about two and a half hours of sleep — must get ready for BBC soon. Things were looking hopeful when I dozed off, and of course are looking very good now. Assuming current trends hold, this election is better than 2000. Best news, of course, is Bush. GOP also wins second-biggest contest of the night in South Dakota (again, assuming trends hold). So what’s the most disappointing loss of the night? I would have to say Coors in Colorado. He and his family have done so much for conservatives over the years, I really wish he could have gotten this win. But if you had told me days ago that Coors would be the most disappointing result of the night, I would have jumped for joy. And if you had told me that hours ago — like on my train ride home, when those afternoon exit polls had compelled me to write down a list of reasons for why Kerry defeated Bush — I just wouldn’t have believed it. Will be keeping my fingers crossed for a while, but right now this is a good, good, good feeling.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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