the first results didn’t start coming in until midnight in ghana. i had to wake at 7 for a meeting, but stayed up till 1:30am when new jersey came in for kerry. it was nerve-racking watching cnn and frustrating knowing i needed to go to bed.
when my alarm went off at 7am (2am EST), i flipped on cnn, and larry king and wolf blitzer were still at it! it was like nothing changed. except the country was now filled in with more color and everything hinged on ohio–and you all went to bed. and i went to work.
i think the country was divided into three camps, which gave bush the edge he needed:
- the anti-bush camp (who voted for kerry)
- the anti-anti-bush camp (who voted for bush)
- the pro-bush camp (who voted for bush)
kerry could never effectively transform the substantial anti-bush camp (apparently 48% of voters) into a pro-kerry camp, and so he inadvertantly created the splinter anti-anti-bush movement, who just didn’t like the idea that so many people were voting for kerry because of some intellectual grudge they had against the outwardly cuddly, though admittingly bumbling president.
so they voted for bush out of spite and in solidarity with the common man. kerry was his own spoiler. such as life.