"THE VOTES ARE IN AND WE WON." Spencer is happily prescient. Conservative Democrat or not, it's nice to have a Democrat in a crucial race who understands politics . In a recount, you have to seize the initiative and establish the right narrative: Webb did it. Good for him. --Scott Lemieux

    A QUESTION FOR BUSH'S PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW. "Mr. President, you said last week that 'However they put it, the Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses.' Did the American people just vote for the terrorists last night?" --Spencer Ackerman

    THE BIG ISSUES. CNN's election coverage has been really superb. Smart, fair, informative analysis that managed to keep the focus on actual results without tumbling into constant political speculation or prophesizing. And the War Room style worked well, with Wolf Blitzer and Company wandering around a massive set rather than sitting at a table. Visually, that worked far, far better than the traditional seated set-ups of the other networks. It also allowed the anchors to take up less visual room, and give more to the giant screen and its sweet, sweet election results. --Ezra Klein

    WEBB NEEDS TO DECLARE VICTORY. Jim Webb needs to take a page out of Bush 's 2000 playbook and declare victory now . I was in Austin on election night 2000, and the second that Bush confidently told supporters he won, the momentum changed entirely. Bill Daley was left pleading that the race was an open contest, and for the next excruciating 36 days, Al Gore was painted as -- you all remember Sore Loserman. Webb is a Marine through and through. He has to know the value of seizing the high ground, whether or not he actually occupies it. Please, Senator Webb: speak to your supporters, and thank them for providing you your victory. Force George Allen and Dick Wadhams to whine about your premature announcement. Do it loud, do it proud, and reclaim the Senate. --Spencer Ackerman
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    WHOA. Just watched George Allen 's not-quite-a-concession speech. Did he seem drunk to anyone else? --Ezra Klein

    SERIOUSNESS. Hey, Lynn Swann , nice Super Bowl. Thirty years ago, you millstone you. Took down a whole state al most by your lonesome. Ohio used to be fun, too, didn't it, boys? Has anyone seen Ken Blackwell 's pants running down the street by themselves yet? Meanwhile, Don Sherwood seems to have choked late in the campaign, while Rick Santorum 's career has gone to the dogs. I'm sorry. Carville and Begala -- and the rest of y'all here -- can put on your Serious People Of Purpose masks and try to stifle the giggles. I'm in for a big old helping of some full-throated schadenfreude this evening. Hey, Jim Leach , you sweater-wearing fud, you don't think I remember that you were one of the first people to grandstand on Whitewater? And John Sweeney , I hope John Lewis walks by your office and spits on the packing boxes piled up there in memory of your thuggish moves down in Florida in 2000. The Gingrich Revolution -- born in spittle and rage, wounded by chronic corruption and reckless...

    WHAT'S RIGHT WITH KANSAS. In addition to retaining the governorship under the able leadership of Kathleen Sebelius and the third district under Dennis Moore , Kansas Democrats picked up the second district and, even more satisfyingly, kicked out the attorney general, Phill Kline . Kline was a particularly loathsome politician who, in an effort to wrest the social con crowd, subpoenaed the records of women who'd had late term abortions. He was beaten by Johnson County's DA, Paul Morrison . --Ezra Klein

    EVEN SOUTH DAKOTA HAS POSTIVE NEWS : Not only is the draconian aboriton ban heading for defeat , but the ridiculous initiative to impose retrocative legal liability on judges is going down by an 80-point margin. --Scott Lemieux

    RAGGED COATTAILS IN OHIO. Though top-ticket Democrats in Ohio have swept to victory, their coattails may not be long enough to make the gains the party was hoping for in the state's congressional delegation. Here are the numbers -- which we must take on faith from the website of outgoing Secretary of State Ken Blackwell -- in the four key House races. The only Democrat with a lead is Zack Space in the district of disgraced and just-resigned Congressman Bob Ney . District 1 John Cranley D - 64,796 - 48.41% Steve Chabot R - 69,058 - 51.59% District 2 Victoria Wulsin D - 103,160 - 49.21% Jean Schmidt R - 106,414 - 50.76% District 15 Mary Jo Kilroy D - 91,565 - 49.76% Deborah Pryce R - 92,435 - 50.23% District 18 Zack Space D - 98,103 - 61.45% Joy Padgett R - 61,533 - 38.55% --Jim McNeill

    CIV IS A DEMOCRAT TONIGHT. Rahm Emanuel is pushing "A New Direction" as the Dem slogan all night. For the New York Hardcore kids, that's a totemic slogan -- a reference to the first track off Gorilla Biscuits 's classic Start Today album. Here are those '88 NYHC lyrics in full: What do you mean it's time Time for me to grow up? I don't want any part It's right to follow my heart The new kids ran Ran out the back door fast And the bands that came before They had their noses in the air Pretending that they cared about our scene Just because our money's green I'll tell you stage dives Make me feel more alive Than coded messages in slowed down songs Now you're so ashamed Now I'm so ashamed of you We believed the same things You stand to the side Rebirth of hardcore pride! It all came true Too bad you can't see All the good things that I see! --Spencer Ackerman