Random notes on a Friday morning, three days after the Deal went down:
1) If the press wasn’t in the tank for Barack Obama, by God they oughta be — especially the print guys. A run on Wednesday morning newspapers might delay a few buyouts here and there. And now the major newsmagazines, Time and Newsweek, are pumping up their print runs on this week’s editions.
2) The Web guys oughta be happy, too. The New York Times says Akamai figures an average of 8.5 million readers per minute clicked on news Web sites worldwide from 11 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, checking for news about the presidential election — specifically Obama’s victory.
Several online news sites, including those produced by MSNBC, CNN and ABC News, said that Tuesday ranked as their most-visited day ever.
Traffic to those news sites was also up the day after the election.
3) The Obama campaign posts election night photos of the fam watching John McCain’s concession speech on Flickr here.
4) The former Republican nominee for vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is back at work this morning, facing several requests for postelection interviews, including from Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and others.
5) Politico chews on the Rahm Emmanuel pick for Obama’s White House chief of staff post. Slate calls Emmanuel “ruthless,” and says he’s just what Obama needs. The Wall Street Journal quotes others calling it a “partisan” choice. Blake Rutherford, who counts Emmanuel as a family friend, offers another perspective.
7) An Arkansas baby, named after Obama.
Also: Strangepup points to a host of lessons learned from this presidential election. Among them: ‘Democrats have to move to the center.’ Some burning questions, however, remain unanswered.
A Real Realignment – Harold Meyerson, Washington Post
Obama Ran a Capitalist Campaign – Bret Swanson, Wall Street Journal
The Campaign Autopsy – Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
A Sweeping Rejection of President Bush – David Boaz, Cato@Liberty
Obama and the Dawn of the Fourth Republic – Michael Lind, Salon
The Mandate is for Moderation – Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
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