"Smackdown"

Our colleague Dick Meyer, CBSNews.com's editorial director and full time brainiac, is in New York for the election. His enthusiasm for all things political borders on the obsessive. (His lives and works in Washington, and I think it has something to do with what they put in the water down there.) For Dick, yesterday was Christmas, Passover, Fourth of July and New Year's Eve, all wrapped into one. It doesn't matter who the winners were. All that matters is that throughout the land there were ballots and exit polls and demographics and races and talking heads nodding thoughtfully on television. All that matters is that in hundreds of places around this great nation ballrooms were bestrewn with balloons and confetti and someone was making a speech. Dick lives for this stuff.

In between inhaling the atmospherics of election night at CBS – where you consume so much coffee and shrink-wrapped brownies that the roof of your mouth begins to feel like the carpeting in the lobby of the Holiday Inn down the block – Dick found time to write some analysis of last night:

While the Republicans' losses this year are not any kind of historical aberration, it is clear that voters were voting on national issues and soundly protesting President Bush and his party. In CBS News exit polls, fully 60 percent said that national, not local, issues determined their vote. And 59 percent said they were either dissatisfied or angry with the Bush administration.

This election in large part was - as the Republicans had feared and the Democrats hoped - a referendum on President Bush. And President Bush lost.

Go and read the whole thing. It'll make Dick's day.