Day’s End and Night Watch

The Election Post-Mortems aren’t over at PA; we’ll have more tomorrow, including a post from the always-insightful Rich Yeselson. We may even get around to questioning the future direction of the Democratic Party as we are already examining that of the GOP.

But here’s what we have in today’s news leftovers, as many newsmakers and news-gatherers begin to recover from the Election Night exhaustion that we haven’t allowed ourselves to fully experience until the weekend arrives:

* RCP’s Sean Trende argues (based on preliminary turnout numbers) that the presidential election was decided not by a vigorous turnout from nonwhite voters but from a falloff–notably in Ohio–of white voters probably affected by Obama’s negative ads against Romney.

* On to ’13: Call him The Macker, T-Mac, whatever: Terry McAuliffe semi-announces campaign for governor of Virginia next year.

* At TNR, Jeff Guo spends an entertaining Election Day driving around Maryland’s crazy-quilt Third Congressional District.

* At Ten Miles Square, Andrew Gelman reminds us of the plurality of eligible voters who simply didn’t show up on Tuesday.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer mulls the impact of Prop 30’s passage on the declining fortunes of California’s higher education system.

And in non-political news:

* Industry analysts wonder: Is McDonald’s menu getting too pricey?

On that deeply intellectual note, I’m hanging it up for the day.

Selah.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.