Sunday, November 16, 2008; Page B07
The deeper one digs into the returns from this past election, the more portentous the results seem.
I know the dangers of deciding too soon that any one election is a turning point. I recall vividly how devastated Republicans were after Lyndon Johnson‘s landslide victory over Barry Goldwater in 1964. But four years later, Richard Nixon was on his way to the White House.
The Democrats were equally disconsolate after losing to George H.W. Bush in 1988, their third straight presidential defeat. But what Michael Dukakis could not do that year, Bill Clinton accomplished in 1992.