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Where Do Elephants Go to Die?
"Sometimes party loyalty asks too much."
-John F. Kennedy, on refusing to nominate
a Democrat he disliked to a judgeship (1961)
November 7, 2006 (- 5 minutes to midnight): You know something has gone wrong in your political universe when the party you've worked and voted with for over forty years is getting blown out in a national election and you feel good about it.
Election Night Flashbacks:
November 2, 1994: Twelve years before, I'd been at an election night party at Dick and Lynne Cheney's home in McLean, Virginia, cheering the Republican landslide that swept a corrupt, self-aggrandizing Democratic majority out of power on Capitol Hill. Some called it "the Gingrich revolution," though the new Speaker of the House had nothing to do with a GOP sweep that included George W. Bush's unexpected victory over Ann Richards in Texas and George Pataki's upset win over Mario Cuomo in New York.
November 7, 2000: Six years later, I'd celebrated the news that a cascade of ballots coming out of south Florida had carried the state and the election for the Bush-Cheney ticket. Premature cheering as it developed, but Al Gore's concession speech a month later cleared the way for the first Republican takeover of both the White House and the Congress in nearly half a century.