"President Obama did not lose, he won ... Mitt Romney's assumed base did not fully emerge ... The last rallies of his campaign neither signaled nor reflected a Republican resurgence … While GOP voters … with lawn signs ... Democrats ... organising, data mining and turning out the vote ... Obama was perhaps not joyless but dogged, determined …
"Apart from that everything I wrote in my blog post of November 5 ['I think Mitt Romney will win, I think he is sneaking in ... like a thief in the night with good tools'] still stands." -- Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, post-election
Welcome to Schadenfreude Files Volume II
Watching the conservative commentators in the US as they struggle to explain Barack Obama's win is a gleeful time for Guy Rundle, who writes on the rise of the Left.