...and if you can't beat 'em, link to 'em!
It's important that we take this kind of level headed approach, assess where the Dems screwed up, lick our wounds, and move on.
The biggest lesson for me is: Don't diss your base! I've been utterly pissed at Creigh for all he did to throw Obama and the national Democrats under the bus -- particularly for attacking Democratic efforts to confront climate change while offering no serious alternative solution. Dude, if you can't lead your own people, how do you expect to lead a whole state?
Second huge lesson to every future candidate is: LISTEN! Lots of people pointed out how the Deeds campaign could've done things better, and they appear to have listened to none of it. Not that you can or should take all the advice you get, but no candidate has all the answers and you can't lead if you don't listen.
So you win some and you lose some -- well, okay, and sometimes you get massacred! But learn our lessons from this depressing day and we will win the next one.