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If you’re just waking up, or hung over, some late returns: NYT pegs GOP House pickup at 60, with 13 still undecided. Reid won Nevada, Murray leads in Wash and Bennet in Colo but not all votes counted yet (Denver Post called it for Bennet 10 am today). Murkowski appears to have won write-in vote in Alaska, with Miller second, but 7 percent lead means she could lose if ballots not marked properly (and this will take awhile). Half of 46 "blue dog" Dems lost, as we’ve warned.
Very latest analysis from Nate Silver …. Amanda Terkel on the blue dog disaster (or is it?), with half of 46 losing. Arianna Huffington on Bush breaking it but Obama underestimating how badly and now finding he owns it. Peter Daou: Dems stood for nothing and drifted to anything. Simon Johnson: Obama needs Elizabeth Warren more than ever (but GOP will target "czars")….. Alex Cockburn on GOP crazies and weak Dems here…… Polling on overall national poll turned out pretty good, despite cell phone "problem," but as warned, Gallup way off.
150 years after Civil War there will be no African-Americans in US Senate next year.
Our own Katrina on Colbert last night in a spirited and fun and meaty debate.
Ezra Klein on gridlock, pro and con. My take: perfect for GOP, because they can still blame Dems for everything for next two years due to control of White House and Senate and claim they need it all in 2012—and may well get it, with many vulnerable Dems (including Obama) running then. Those who say "now GOP/Tea Party" have to deliver are off —they can always say they were blocked, and will.
Colbert: "It looks like Boehner will be speaker—unless he blocks his confirmation out of habit."