I get that this election was particularly problematic and that the last half dozen or so presidential elections have been close. But Jim Geraghty puts it well:
On Wednesday, I added up Obama’s margin in a few key states, to get a sense of just how agonizingly short the Romney campaign finished from 270 electoral votes.
Some of those straggling precincts have reported, and so here is an updated set of numbers, according to the results this morning on the New York Times’ results map:
Those four states, with a collective margin of, 406,348 for Obama, add up to 69 electoral votes. Had Romney won 407,000 or so additional votes in the right proportion in those states, he would have 275 electoral votes.
Obviously there's plenty of soul-searching and blame-giving to go through, but as we hear what the liberal media think about what the right needs to do to improve (how generous of them -- really), could we keep these figures in mind?