Bush crushed Kerry by over 3.5 million votes. Yes, turnout was high, but where did Bush get all those extra votes? Some analysis from CNN shows how Bush did it:
Female vote: 48 percent, up 5 from 2000
Latino vote: 44 percent, up 9
Urban vote: 45 percent, up 10
Catholic vote: Bush over Kerry, up 5
Jewish vote: 25 percent, up 6
Regular churchgoer vote: Bush over Kerry by 22 percent
Moral values (as top issue) vote: Bush over Kerry by 62 percent
Terrorism (as top issue) vote: Bush over Kerry by similar numbers
What if the Dems chose Lieberman? He's a Jewish, anti-terrorism candidate with a history of standing up for moral principle. How many votes would he have siphoned off Bush?
As the democrats lick their wounds, do not expect them to ponder this. As we slowly creep away from the election, listen for more and more rabid democrats to proclaim that they didn't go far enough to the left. Al Sharpton is already on record that Kerry tried to be too moderate. 2008 is going to be a lot of fun....