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Reality Suspended, Until It Prevailed

PHOENIX, Nov. 4 "We never hide from history," John McCain told his dejected supporters Tuesday night.

But for a few hours, they sure did try.

As the election returns pointed to an overwhelming victory for Barack Obama, those at McCain's election-night headquarters in the Biltmore hotel ballroom here engaged in a mass exercise in denial. For most of the night, organizers hid the news broadcasts from supporters in the ballroom, instead entertaining them with country music. Every few minutes, the master of ceremonies, former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer, came to the microphone to announce another triumph for McCain.

"We've got two additional states, and we can add them to our column, West Virginia and South Carolina," Roemer crowed. They cheered.

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | November 5, 2008; 1:15 PM ET
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Can someone do a column on the possibility of Mass. Sen John Kerry becoming Secretary of State? There are many of us here in Boston and Cambridge who do not think he'd be a good choice. He is too off-hand; he does not connect;and his staff reflects these short-comings.

Our family has been involved in local politics since we could pull a lever. My husband was chair of the Dem. Ward Comm (Beacon Hill, Back Bay) at one time, as were TWO of the others who are not in favor of a Kerry appointment. Last night, at a meeting of a Cambridge group, a number of people whose names you might recognize had the same opinion.

I'd be glad to explain, if you wish.

Posted by: toninorton | November 12, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

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