Reporters are already writing up advance analyses of how each of the two presidential candidates achieved victory next Tuesday—to be ready for either outcome. Slate has a little fun imagining some of the other scenarios that might have played out:
- Hillary Clinton claimed a historic win after John McCain's oft-used phrase, "lipstick on a pig," insulted voters—and his VP pick, a black police lieutenant form small-town Maryland, backfired on him.
- Wall Street's collapse looked like a boon to Barack Obama until voters turned to Mitt Romney's business smarts and "Money for Everyone" slogan; his purchase of the Treasury didn't hurt either.
- Mike Huckabee's win was just divine. Obama won 46 states, but Huckabee somehow claimed victory; Larry King said his hand was "guided" to vote Huckabee.
- John Edwards warmed America's hearts with a video on his loving home life. Director Rielle Hunter won "unprecedented access" to his administration.
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