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.Go and read the whole thing. It'll make Dick's day.
This election in large part was - as the Republicans had feared and the Democrats hoped - a referendum on President Bush. And President Bush lost.