Another brief political comment.
I just watched Allen’s concession speech, and I must say, it was a class act. If this fellow had risen to this level of rhetoric during the campaign, he might have held his seat. As it was he was gracious, complimentary to his opponent as well as his supporters, and seemed truly free of rancor. I half expected him to announce his bid for the presidency in the same speech, which of course he didn’t, but probably improved his position for such a thing all the same.
For the very short run, at least, conciliation is the name of the game in American politics. Doubtless it won’t last, but the air is clearer, for the moment, than it has been for what seems a very long time.