Well that’s that….
I was resigned to McCain losing a while ago, so the fact that he lost really didn’t phase me much last night as it did in 2006, when I took the election much harder. That was more because we lost a lot of races where I was emotionally attached to the candidates I supported. I never really had much emotional connection to John McCain even after he was chosen as the GOP nominee. Anyone around here back during the primary knows my enthusiasm for any of the GOP candidates was low and never really could decide who I really wanted. This is unlike 2000 when I was a Bush supporter from the day he announced to the day he was elected and rode every up and down in the polls emotionally. This year, the whole election was more of a “sporting event” for me than anything.
Don’t get me wrong, I gladly voted for McCain yesterday and wanted him to win and had no intention of voting for Obama, but it was truly more of a party vote than voting for the individual candidate. One thing I did learn long ago is it really doesn’t matter who the President is as far as my personal life goes. I was better off personally after the eight years of Bill Clinton and I was better off personally after the almost eight years of George W Bush. I am sure I will be even better off after a term (hopefully only one) of Barack Obama. I’ve been part of winning campaigns (1994, 200, 2002, 2004) and part of losing ones (1996, 2006, 2008) and life goes on whether my side won or lost….
This was a fascinating election to watch and despite the outcome, had a lot of fun covering it and participating in it. This site, I hope, helped you enjoy it as well and I’m not going anywhere. I might take some time to decompress and the posting may become a little lighter over the next couple of months, but I still have a lot of fun doing this site and have no intention of stopping or slowing down too much to make the site irrelevant. In the words of Rush Limbaugh – “I am still having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.”
One side note from last night, this site hit 43,688 unique site visits and an all-time single-day record of 98,681 page views throughout the course of the day. And at some point during the afternoon, this site passed 3,000,000 unique site vists in the history of the site. Obviously traffic is going to nosedive like it does after every other election, but just a little bit of navel-gazing if you allow me….
Anyway, now that things have wrapped up and we have time to breathe again, my first item I want to get to is to analyze all the pollsters and how they performed this year. We had a number of new pollsters who polled numerous states this year that we can get a good idea of which pollsters know what they are doing and which ones clearly don’t. Also, we can already start looking ahead to the 2010 mid-terms (as well as the 2009 races in VA and NJ) and what seats are up all across the country. Could we have another 1994 on our hands or will the Democrats be able to keep their gains they have gotten in the past two election cycles? Only time will tell and I plan on being here to tell part of it….