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November 11, 2016
If you think last Tuesday was bad, you might not have been around on election night in 1980. Now that was a landslide. We sort of knew it was turning after the one and only debate, and most of us out "in the field" got a call that morning telling us the last poll indicated landslide-level bad news. But absolutely no one (outside some bubble somewhere) ever thought that the president of the United States would concede in the 8 o'clock hour Eastern. For the next three hours, they played the scenes: Jimmy Carter conceding; Ronald Reagan accepting; voters in line in California going back to their cars; and Senate legends dropping like flies. I finally took to drinking, like everyone else.
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