The Kerry-Edwards campaign isn’t conceding.
It’s been a horrible night, in the truest sense of the word. I’ve felt horror. Despair.
And now I feel a moment of gratitude, almost a moment of grace, and I wish I could shake the hands of my candidates and simply tell them, “Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for fighting.”
America deserves it — certainly the half that voted Democratic this year, and the half that did so in 2000, surrendering too easily and finding only a betrayal of bipartisanship, an assumption of an absent mandate. Because of that betrayal, our half knows it has nothing at all to gain by conceding. And everything to lose.
So I would add to my thanks to the Democratic candidates, “Thank you for fighting honorably.”
And I would tell them, “Good night,” and hope for a better morning.