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BC bloggers react to the election

After the night they'd all been waiting for, B.C.'s most notable political bloggers responded to the outcome with everything from silence to tears.

Bob Mackin's 2010 Gold Rush still hadn't updated by early Wednesday afternoon.

At BC Election 2013, Sacha Peter had posted a very convenient list of pundits' predictions, seat by seat. He supplemented that on Wednesday morning with lists showing which pollsters were the most accurate, and which had the greatest error.

BC Iconoclast had still not updated, but the May 14 analysis of the Labrador byelection is worth reading in any case.

The Gazetteer expressed some woe late last night, but this morning was trying to draw consolation from George Heyman's victory and speculating on where Christy Clark might choose to run in a byelection.

Ex-Liberal James Plett, at Jaded Ram, was startled by the vote and pointed out today that "while I called a B.C. NDP government, I sure didn't want one."

Retired journo Harvey Oberfeld at Keeping it Real said: "The NDP listened and pandered TOO MUCH to their own constituents, and to some extent, to Green supporters they hoped to win over (but didn't)."

Laila Yuile, a vocal critic of the Liberals at No Strings Attached, criticized Adrian Dix, saying he had "backed himself into a corner with this entirely positive messaging combined with complacency."

The bloggers at Politics Respun live-blogged election night ("it ends in tears") and this morning offered a brief reflection on B.C. election polling, dismissing the pollsters' predictions as based on inadequate samples.

The Straight Goods laid the blame on the "801 Club" as "a B.C. Liberal ruse, a ruse the media played up to get female voters…"

Alex G. Tsakumis, after predicting "A Strong NDP Majority" on May 12, ran a headline Tuesday night with no fewer than four exclamation marks: "Stunning upset! B.C. Liberals re-elected!!!" He also offered congratulations to the Liberals and to the opposition party leaders.

Gordon Wilson, present at the creation of the modern BC Liberals, had not yet posted comments on Wednesday, but they should be worth waiting for.

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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