AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 11/17/2004 08:36:00 AM ----- BODY: And If Kerry Had Won... - The Bangor Daily News calls for bipartisanship in the next four years. Like most of its editorials, this one is muddled in message, trying to be all things to all people. When the BDN isn't being liberal, it's annoyingly squishy. I would rather have a well-written liberal editorial I disagree with than the 'on the one hand, on the other hand' nonsense we normally get from our hometown paper. The BDN endorsed John Kerry this year, the first time they've endorsed a Democrat for at least four election cycles. If Kerry had won, the editorial writers would have run a piece calling Kerry's victory a mandate for change, a sign that the voters want to head in a new direction, blah...blah...blah. Remember the rules - when Democrats win with 49 percent of the vote, it's a mandate. When Republicans win with 51 percent, it's a sign of how divided the country has become and illustrates the urgent need for bipartisan solutions to the nation's problems. --------