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
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