Hi Frank. Miss you too. Just last week was trying to explain to someone here how nifty it was to sit out on the wharf poking into the west river on a summer evening with you folks. I do love parts of California and I'm sure Lake Como would be a fine place to inhabit, but New York - goddamn I loved New York.
Sorry to hear you got schmucked. I was wondering how you'd fared.
Robert is right in his assay of probabilities. And his rationale is sound - all the significant trends are heading in the Dem direction federally. But the bad guys are not going to lay down and they'll do what they can and that is a lot. The Kochs have cancelled their regular year-end shindig in order to research and rethink strategies. In other words, they are savvy enough to understand they don't know it all already. They are not, in terms of process, rigid ideologues. And that, along with their own institutional structures and reach into local, state and federal machinery of governance and media, makes them very dangerous.