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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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Nov. 6, 2012 12:01 a.m.

It was all smiles this morning at Nipmuc High in Upton as my wife, son and I cast our ballots. No long lines, but definitely crowded. Barbara Burke, who has been officiating at Upton elections since the dawn of time, told me they’d never had this many people vote this early.
“You’re going to be proud of Upton today,” she said. “Not necessarily how it votes, but how many vote.”
A couple of thoughts buzzing through my head:
- What if Romney wins and Harry Reid tells the press tomorrow his first priority is to make sure Mitt is a one-term president. How would Republicans feel?
- What if Romney wins the popular vote but Obama wins in the Electoral College. Would National Popular Vote suddenly become a bipartisan cause?
- Fifty years ago, 80 percent of Americans lived in a swing states (swing states in the ’60s included California, Texas, New York and Illinois). Today 20 percent of Americans live in swing states.
- One of the dogs that didn’t bark this campaign was Mormonism. Michael Gerson noted this morning that if Romney is elected, we’ll have Mormons as president and Senate president, Catholics as VP and House speaker, and a Supreme Court that is entirely Catholic and Jewish. In a majority Protestant nation, that seems to say that while we may be a divided, polarized nation, the fault line isn’t religion.
There are other dogs that didn’t bark. I’m working on an editorial for tomorrow’s paper listing some of the issues that maybe we can talk about now that the campaign is over.

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