Over the long campaign, as the lead position in national polls changed a half-dozen times (Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and Santorum all led at one time or another), a top Romney aide told us that he saw the GOP nominating campaign as a takeoff on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In the books, and later the movies, the Ring of Power was too powerful to handle for anyone but Sauron, the Dark Lord, who embodied evil. The nomination was like the Ring of Power, he said. Each time someone thought he had grasped it, he began behaving foolishly and doomed himself. In early January, after Romney won easily in New Hampshire, his camp had relaxed for a moment and let itself believe that the fight was essentially over, that Romney had grasped the ring and wrapped up the nomination. The campaign began to run only positive ads. Then the candidate stumbled badly in the week before South Carolina. And with that, the campaign went back to negative ads.
- The election is really, really over now: Jill Stein has dropped her Pennsylvania recount request, making Donald Trump the absolute winner.
- At least 9 are dead and 25 missing after a warehouse party fire in Oakland, CA. Dozens of fatalities are feared.
- Cuba prepares to bury Fidel Castro: his ashes arrived in Santiago Saturday, the city where he declared his socialist revolution victorious.
- This 23--year-old got her lost driver's license back in the mail along with a hilarious thank you note 📝😂