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Sunday Post-Election Articles Speculate on Dem Future

Sunday after the election offers a bountiful harvest of post-election wrap-ups in the major dailies. Some of the better ones include:

In "Liberal groups expect postelection results" LA Times reporters Peter Wallsten and Janet Hook focus on potentially divisive issues facing Dems as the try to consolidate their victory. The LA Times also has American Prospect Editor Michael Tomasky's "Dems put the 'big tent' back together," arguing that Dems shouldn't buy into the 'conservative victory' view of the election, and instead should build the left-center coalition that has always been the key to their most significant wins.

The New York Times post-election wrap-up "Incoming Democrats Put Populism Before Ideology" by Robin Toner and Kate Zernike probes some of the newly-elected Dems to assess prospects for bipartisanship. Leon Panetta's "Govern, Don't Gloat" op-ed argues that now is a good time for some Democratic humility and a genuine spirit of bipartisna cooperatrion. Nonetheless, No good Democrat should miss "2006: The Year of the ‘Macaca’," Frank Rich's blistering critique of GOP bigotry and fear-mongering in campaign '06.

WaPo's Jonathan Weisman's "Democrats Find Lessons In GOP Reign" mulls over the lessons Dems should glean from the failure of Gingrich's scorched-earth philosophy of congressional leadership. Wapo is also featuring Joe Trippi's "The Democrats: Is Winning Winning?", predicting more trouble for the GOP ahead and assessing prospects for Dem '08 candidates from Bayh to Vilsack.

And speaking of hot prospects, check out the Boston Globe's Politics Section for a host of articles on Deval Patrick's historic election as Governor of Massachusetts, rich with lessons for winning strategies. Then relax, take a moment to savor the victories of '06, because campaign '08 begins in ernest tommorrow.