Nothing on the national front looks good. It would take some kind of miracle for John Kerry to win now (and though I believe in miracles I don’t believe one of this sort will occur). That means that George W. Bush will be elected (for the first time) to serve as President of the United States. We should all pray for his success and wish him well during the next four years. We also have the right and the obligation as citizens to challenge him whenever he pursues the same kind of disastrous policies that have been his hallmark. Govern from the middle, Mr. President, and some important work can get done. Govern from the extreme right and you will see a nation even more divided than this Election Day. John Kerry deserves our thanks for fighting hard in an honorable way. It would be a safe bet to say that Senator Kerry is even more upset over these results than me. But just barely.