After a few days have passed in order to let the election results settle out, now is a good time to look at what we can take away from what happened Tuesday.
To the average citizen this is a day to perform that most hallowed of democratic traditions, the trek to the polling place. For many campaign veterans and activists this is a day to throw on a few extra layers, round up volunteers, and hit the street corners to wave signs for your favorite candidate and then hit the bar for a few drinks as results roll in..
For us at The Midnight Sun this is a day to dig into the numbers, dust off the Ouija Board, and make a few predictions on the results that weâ€™re sure to get terribly wrong.
The latest round of campaign finance disclosures are out, and they matter. A lot. Candidates, parties, and flacks are all full oâ€™ bluster and spin about their campaigns and their performance, but pesky statutorily-required campaign finance reports give citizens an unspun window into exactly where things stand. No one can hide from the numbers. They are cold, precise, and ultimately unflinching. To paraphrase the great football coach Bill Parcells, you are what your fundraising numbers say you are.