On the upside, the youth vote, which turned out in unprecedented numbers this year, was largely (55-45%) in favor of anyone but Bush, and even here in pre-civil war time-warped Virginia, that the city of Richmond came down on the right (left) side of the ballot demonstrates hope.
On the other side, the Democratic party, while fiscally solvent for the first time in decades and pulling its best numbers ever, is as dead as the squirrel carcass laying in the street in front of your house. The party died in 2000 when it bent over for Bush Is Supreme Court coup, and hasnt shown a pulse since. Ralph Nader was right. A third party needs to gather the disappointed and disenfranchised Dems and make a new choice (not the Republican-lite the Democrats have devolved into) that actually provides an option to the conservative, religious right, pro-corporate-profit clones that comprise the parties of the only two levers presently pullable.
Whatever happens, the important thing is that we keep this pre-election's political public discourse open and active so that mistakes like this can be corrected BEFORE they happen next time.
Now that its over and America is as divided as ever between the reds and the blues (or is it the blues and the greys?), a little post-mortem, er, election review should be attended to before the overwhelming apathy of the average American sets in, and this elections lessons go unlearned.