Just minutes after their party’s longstanding losing tradition lay in tatters on the ground, millions of shell-shocked Democrats stared at their television screens in disbelief, asking themselves what went right.
For Democrats, who have become accustomed to their party blowing an election even when it seemed like a sure thing, Tuesday night’s results were a bitter pill to swallow.
The head-shaking and finger-pointing over the demise of the Democrats’ losing streak, which many of the party faithful had worn like a badge of honor, reached all the way to the upper echelons of the Democratic National Committee.
“Believe me, I’m as shocked by these results as anybody,” said DNC chief Howard Dean, who indicated he has received hundreds of calls from incredulous party members. “We did everything in our power to screw this thing up.”