From the Dept. of Understatement

By Mark Follman
Published November 4, 2004 1:43AM (UTC)
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As the late-night waiting crawled toward dawn this morning, network news' finest began to let loose with some atypical comments on the election's already apparent outcome. It had been Dan Rather who'd grabbed our attention earlier in the evening, but around 4:30 a.m. Eastern time on ABC, it was Peter Jennings' turn:

"The liberal years of America, " he said, "at least for the moment, are over."

Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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