Today on, Michael Dougherty and Daniel Larison discussed Obama’s win, and proposed that the GOP’s failure to select a foreign policy and economy-competent candidate allowed the Bush shadow to linger and perpetuated the party’s demographic woes. Ron Dreher zoomed out on same-sex marriage victories in Maryland, Washington, and Maine. Scott Galupo offered up a real tax deal Speaker Boehner and President Obama could both live with. Larison attributed Romney and his allies’ failure to understand their opponent to the loyalist, conservative media, and explained that even if campaigning was littered with talk of the American Century, it has now definitely reached its end. This sentiment was echoed in the editors’ case for conservatism’s hour. Meanwhile, George Will is still giving bad advice, which has already led to dangerous assumptions about the electorate. Meanwhile, Jordon Bloom asked if an Article V Convention is the only means for reaching a balanced budget, and Kelley Vlahos reported on marijuana legalization in two states.

On Tuesday, Samuel Goldman argued that election day should be a federal holiday. Noah Millman revisited his election predictions, and Galupo proposed that the closeness of the election would significantly blur the next president’s mandate, something Larison attributed to both candidates’ “unimaginative and vacuous campaigns.” I explained why the candidates’ failure to look at issues through the lens of natural law limited their solutions, Goldman used historical standards to rank the election’s real importance, while both Dougherty and Daniel McCarthy predicted that Obama had this one in the bag. Dreher pulled us all back in and off of the election in a piece about reading as that which affects the imagination, reminding us that people of the book will always belong to a community of minds.