Well over a year ago, I attended a small (less than twenty) meeting with Joe Lieberman, at which I told him that I thought he didn't have any campaign theme. He didn't catch onto the Bush-hating theme, and he lacked a set of powerful issues of his own. But what if Lieberman had gotten his act together and somehow won the nomination (I know, this would have always been a longshot, but stick with me)? Can anyone tell me that this race would be even close? Does anyone doubt that we would all get to go to sleep early tonight? The point is that even if Kerry pulls this out tonight, this race shouldn't have been close. An iffy economy, a war in Iraq that isn't going well, a record of shilling for corporations in issue after issue (if you doubt this, see David Brooks' op-ed in the NYT): any half-decent challenger should have won with these issues. A candidate with a serious ability to appeal to social conservatives could have picked up VA, WV, and maybe a couple of other Southern states.
So please, if Kerry wins, let's not congratulate him. He was always a lousy candidate, and the people who voted for him in the primaries should be ashamed of themselves.