Thank goodness for small favors: The Supreme Court won't decide this election. The drawn-out political nightmare that was the 2000 election won't be repeated this year. Shortly after 11 a.m. EST, Sen. John Kerry called President Bush to concede the election.
It was a recognition of political reality hard to avoid. Kerry's theme song might be "No Retreat, No Surrender," but sometimes you do have to give up. Instead of a difference of hundreds of votes, as was the case with Florida, the difference was nearly 100,000 in Ohio, too much for even the most optimistic divvying up of provisional ballots to overcome.
Oh, and then there was that little matter of the nearly 4 million more people nationwide who voted for Bush. Kerry's a fighter, but that's a hill he can't climb.