Never mind the miracles of modern communication. A deadline is a deadline, and the filing date for this column was pre-election, so whatever might be said about winners and losers will have to wait until next week.

In the meantime — Sam Hunkler. With all due respect to Sam, it’s a pretty safe bet that he did not wake up governor of Maine on Nov. 9. Nevertheless, his against-all-odds campaign gave us plenty to think about. Who would disagree with him that our country lacks direction? That party leaders are mostly interested in winning elections and controlling legislative bodies but accomplish little when in office?

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