By MARK PENN
Published November 4, 2008
The presidential campaign, in the end, had no October surprises beyond the worsening economic crisis. No game-changing ads. No candidate slip-ups of any magnitude. And so this election looks pretty straightforward — moderate voters have switched to the Democratic column, and change is the order of the day.
Presuming Barack Obama is elected, we will face a transition period unlike any since Herbert Hoover turned over the reins of the federal government to Franklin D. Roosevelt in March 1933. The country has been waiting for the end of the Bush administration for years, and the temptation will be to get the new government going without delay.