"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