When I woke up

November 7, 2006 8:39 a.m.

When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was to check whether there was any kind of last-minute election-altering surprise.

No Osama.

No bombing of Iran.

No military strike against North Korea.

The best Rove came up with was Saddam’s death sentence, and with Iraq weighing Republicans down like concrete shoes the additional focus that story brought to Iraq was a mixed blessing.

For my part, I thought there was a better than even chance of U.S. bombing raids against Iran before the election. So–I’ll say it—I was wrong.

But there is a long list of TPM readers who were absolutely, positively, without a doubt convinced that Rove had at least one more ace up his sleeve that would throw the election into chaos and to the GOP. I’m not talking about tactical tricks like the robocalls, but big, election-shifting tricks that consume all the air in the room. Didn’t happen.

To be sure, the wizard is still behind the curtain furiously working the levers of power. Today we’ll find out whether voters finally decide to pull back the curtain.

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