QUOTE OF THE DAY…. The Washington Post ran a dispatch of sorts today, with a reporter sharing Election Day anecdotes from a variety of locales. John Cole flagged one quote from the piece, offered by a voter in Seattle, that stood out.

[I]f we’d gone to an actual party, then we would’ve missed a special lesson from a [Patty] Murray supporter named Buddy Foley, 65, a pianist and handler-wrangler who won’t say what he handles or wrangles (besides the Stella Artois in his hand).

“Let me tell you how America works,” says Foley, who wears a plaid shirt, a mallard-print tie and a woodpecker feather in his fedora. “You have Democrats voting for Democrats and Republicans voting for Republicans and then you have these people down the middle who are — ” he lowers his voice ” — undereducated, and are trying to make a living and do the best for their children, but they’re so busy that they realize two weeks before an election that, ‘Gee, I better start watching TV to get some news,’ and by then the richest [expletives] in America have shoved their [expletiving] money into attack ads and that’s what this middle group of people sees, and they vote accordingly and they’re the ones who steer the country.”


Is his assessment a little crude? Sure. Is it overly simplified? Of course. But I have to admit, I watched plenty of pundits analyzing the elections on Tuesday night, and Mr. Foley’s approach is at least as credible as a lot of what I saw.

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