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This is a strange election in another way--it's not really close, but people are watching it as if it is.  In 1996, my office had to use a point spread, and post a hefty premium, to get people interested in betting on the Clinton-Dole matchup.  We've all known for a while that Obama was going to win, wistful dreams notwithstanding.  But everyone's watching as if this were the seventh game of a tied world series.

Me, I was hoping that Obama would win, but without much boost in Senate support or a large vote mandate; I like me some hamstrung politicians.  Wan hope, now dashed.  I'll just have to take solace in Being There While History Is Made.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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