WASHINGTON—As the 2008 presidential campaign came to a close Tuesday, the Republican Party and the average American hard-working Joe bid each other a fond farewell at a small rally in Pennsylvania, vowing to meet once again, as scheduled, at the dawn of the next election season. "The Republican Party wishes to thank the Joe for his cooperation and faithful support, and we look forward to acknowledging his needs again in 2012," said GOP representative Luke Hayes, moments before getting in a car and heading back to Washington. "Until then, old friend, we'd just like to say happy trails to you and best of luck." Representatives for the average working Joe reported that the time spent together had been a pleasure, even though he did not actually get around to voting this year.