It had every ingredient of Election Day — the crispness of autumn, the electricity of pronouncements, the winners, the losers.
It was as if Americans had voted. In fact, they had. And for the second time in two years, Republicans finally conceded defeat. They would cede to the popular will and, in this case, let our government govern.
So lopsided was the result this time that not even Karl Rove could say it wasn’t so.