According to McLehrer, Republicans are spinning that the high turnout today isn’t necessarily bad for them. Meanwhile, George and Laura Bush were making a statement and W. seemed to have a bit of a resigned air, like a man who’d taken his best shot and was about ready to retire.
Ray Suarez quotes the Republican handlers thusly:
“The president gave it everything he had. The president did what he had to do. Now it’s up to the voters.” … None of that overarching happy talk.
A pollster on the show had just mentioned that voters who dislike both candidates are breaking for Kerry. “Better the devil we don’t know,” was how he put it.