(I'll put up this election map as soon as several states are declared... C'mon MT go blue...)
(MT went pink... dammit....)
The only things Obama wins (in the hypothetical 2006 race) are Illinois, Hawaii, and DC. Everything else, squarely in McCain's pocket. Even though there were extenuating circumstances (you know, trifling problems with the economy and what not). Obama managed to change the opinion of a majority of the country. He even won the election BEFORE the temptress of Florida was declared for either side. Hopefully, Obama will make good on his promises and start to turn this country around.
I was also impressed with McCain's concession speech. It was perhaps the most relaxed I have seen him give a speech this entire campaign. He also didn't have the look of manic desperation in his eyes (which added a quality to him). Maybe now that he doesn't have to pander the fundigelicals, or the neo-cons, he can rediscover his own principles.
On a side note, one other good thing to come from this election. Apparently Alaska lost its village idiot. Well we finally cornered her (after chasing her all across the country, with some narrow misses where Gibson and Couric let her slip away while they were stunned at her answers). She wound up in Arizona. Don't worry Alaska, she is safely on her way back to govern your state... Good Luck with that.