Lunch Buffet

Have a strange hunger for food I can’t eat sitting in front of a computer screen. Guess it’ll have to wait. Here’s what I’ve got from the rich menu of mid-day news fare:

* Montana Senate race called for Jon Tester, which means not one Democratic incumbent Senator lost yesterday. If Heidi Heitkamp survives a recount in North Dakota, Dems will have a 55-45 margin in the Senate. You could have made a lot of money betting on that proposition a year ago.

* Crowd of Ole Miss students gather to drink, shout racial epithets, and burn Obama/Biden poster. Old times there are not forgotten.

* Per The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, video of Bibi Netanyahu congratulating U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro on Obama win a classic of awkwardness.

* Michael Barone offers the rare conservative “I was wrong about election” statement that doesn’t make excuses and does pay attention to the data.

* Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden tosses first shovel of dirt on political grave of Mitt Romney.

And in non-political news:

* It’s “National Stress Awareness Day.” Perfect timing.

Back shortly with more post-election news and analysis.

UPDATE: Rick Berg concedes to Heidi Heitkamp, apparently declining to pursue recount. That means that yes-indeedy, Dems netted two Senate seats, and will hold (with the two incumbents voting with their Caucus) a 55-45 margin in the chamber.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.