(1) Go Hawk! I have an irrational affinity for Dawson's candidacy, from my die-hard love of the Cubs from the time I was a little kid through college. (Why'd it atrophy? Eh...don't ask.)
(2) The BBWAA as a group should be pretty embarrassed for itself, although I suspect there's two camps, one with at least some appropriate sense of shame and one of ignorant gloating.
(Blyleven missing out by 5 votes is fascinating; he's a lock next year. Alomar is a lock next year. Larkin will take a few years. Edgar's going to be a Rice-like slog, so buckle up.)