Good news and bad news: Romney lost; Obama won.
What’s most depressing about the Obama victory is that it seems to have come largely as a reward for two things: the execrable auto bailout and a despicable campaign of character assassination.
What’s most refreshing about the Romney loss is that it seems to have come largely as a punishment for his cruelly evil immigration rhetoric. (Remember “self-deportation”?) This is tempered somewhat by the fact that Obama seems to have escaped punishment for his cruelly evil immigration policies. (Under Obama, deportations have reached an all-time high.)
Obama, I believe somewhat more than Romney, pitched his rhetoric at an audience presumed to be incapable of critical thinking. It’s a little depressing to be reminded how large that audience must be.
The other big victory of the night, and one much to be celebrated, goes to Nate Silver and his ilk — the true believers in empirical evidence and statistical theory. Silver was accurate across the board. It would have been sad if it had been otherwise. Go Nate.
Any conceivable outcome would have been comforting in some ways and depressing in many others. I’m going to sleep.