It was pretty obvious that Labour was going to lose, and I had adjusted for that reality. I never listen when people say "oh but don't believe those polls, they're biased because [insert pet theory]". The polls predicted a Labour vote in the mid-late 20s, and that's what we got.
So no great shocks really. I am delighted that my local candidate, Phil Twyford, smashed Tau Henare convincingly to take Te Atatu, and I'm proud to have been part of his campaign.
I'm also sad at the loss of so many good Labour MPs, like Stuart Nash and Carmel Sepuloni (although Sepuloni may still scrape in on special votes). Many other good candidates missed out, because they were given list places too low, and because the party decided that a bunch of people whose time has passed should be protected.
This was the biggest mistake Labour made. Its election campaign was a good one, but the damage had been done months before.
The fact that National ran an awful and clumsy campaign and that it didn't make a bit of difference to the party's vote, indicates that most people made their minds up long ago.
And now we have potentially weeks of intrigue over Labour's leadership. I hope they don't rush the decision about who the leader should be, because there needs to be debate about the direction the party is to take.
The good news is that National has now had three years to fix things. In 2014 Key's efforts to blame Helen Clark's government are going to sound piss-weak.