There is a Name for a Lopsided Electoral Victory

One thing I've noticed the absense of: the word "landslide".  It is a landslide, but I don't think I've heard the MSM talking heads utter it. I don't see this word in the storyline, for example at CNN or CBS or MS-NBC or NY Times or Washington Post.  One would think if the numbers were reversed, every other word would be landslide or mandate.

I imagine this is partly a reflection of the biases of the MSM, but also a reflection of the humility of the winner - as well as a genuine, shared sense that tonight's results represent a great historical event that, for the moment, transcends politics.

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"We're gonna need a bigger lipstick."

With the way things are going for them, the GOP brain trust must feel like Roy Scheider, in Jaws.

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Closing Media Narrative: Pendulum vs Landslide

With the debates over, and barring any unforeseen external events, at this point the media is the only meaningful driver in the campaign.  And as far as I can tell, there are only two good stories they can tell from here to the end if they want to make good ratings and sell papers.  Story no.1 is the pendulum, the McCain comeback, the horserace, the momentum shift, the closing gap.  Lord knows we saw that one enough times during the primary.  Story no.2, which is a fresher story, is the landslide, the historic blowout, the implosion and collapse of the conservative regime, the redeeming civil rights moment, the proud national achievement, the accelerating momentum, the widening gap.  

Obama's job, and our job, is to make story no.2 the story, while at the same time trying to guard against complacency and reduced voter turnout.  I think the answer may lie partly in emphasizing that the margin matters, that Obama doesn't just need to win, he needs to win with a decisive, undeniable national mandate which will allow him to govern strongly in what will be extremely difficult times.  People need to get excited about participating personally in this historical event.  I know it is harder to motivate people with hope than with fear, unfortunately.  Maybe Obama can achieve this in his national primetime address on Oct. 29.

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Keep Fighting! We're On The Cusp of a Landslide.

Cross-posted at Daily Kos and TPM

I believe this election is on the cusp of becoming a landslide for Obama, and I believe that's why the McCain campaign panicked and chose Palin at the last minute without vetting her.

We keep seeing diaries with the latest Gallup, Rasmussen, CBS, etc polling showing a tightening or expanding race. But one thing I have not seen anyone do yet is put this in historical perspective.

Once you do that, you see just how strong Obama is in this election cycle, and why the republicans are so dispirited and downtrodden.

This, more than any other election in my 31 years, is ours to lose. We MUST keep fighting, not only to win, but to utterly decimate the republican party nationwide.

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Thomas Eagleton

A brief history lesson:

In 1972 the Presidential race came down to Nixon and McGovern.  McGovern won the Democratic nomination at the convention and selected Thomas Eagleton to be his Vice Presidential running mate.

According to McGovern, he had asked and been turned down by Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, Edmund Muskie and Birch Bayh, before asking Eagleton.

Eagleton, 43 at the time, was not thoroughly vetted before being selected as the running mate.

Only two weeks after being selected, it came to light that Eagleton had been in a mental hospital in the 60's for depression and received electroshock therapy.  It was a devastating revelation.

Shortly after this information came to light, McGovern requested that Eagleton remove himself from the nomination.  Eagleton was quickly replaced with Sargent Shriver but the damage was done.

Nixon went on to beat McGovern by over 23% and an electoral victory of 520 to 17.  McGovern carried Massachusetts and DC.

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