The longer we get from Election Day, the more pundits already seem ready to forget what happened and why. Here’s today’s leftovers, including the top two items of GOP spin:

* Karl Rove supplies his official post-election spin, if you care. It’s chock full o’ rationalizations.

* Maine GOP chair suggests mysterious black people voting in rural areas partly responsible for party’s defeat.

* At WaPo Jonathan Bernstein explodes idea that requiring “live filibusters” will get rid of abuses.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jason Wimberly notes Chinese leadership has no trouble making reductions in carbon emissions a major priority.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer casts skeptical eye at high school efforts to emphasize “soft skills readiness” into college prep programs.

And in non-political news:

* Hostess Brands threatens to close plants if striking workers facing pay cuts don’t return to work immediately.

Tomorrow will informally mark transition from Election Season into the Holidays. But I’m sure Political Animals won’t be moving too quickly or definitively into Turkey and Cranberry Sauce, or frenetic shopping, good as that might be for the economy.


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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.