I watched three channels simultaneously, and thought the coverage differential was fascinating, and the clothes interesting. Most embarrassing moment: CNN refusing to call Ohio with 98% of the returns in, after having called Pennsylvania with 57% of the returns in and NH with less than 80% of the returns in. Blitzer defensively commented that "it's not ideology that makes us reluctant to call this state..." No, just systemic denial and stunned incredulity. Second most embarrassing moment: MSNBC, still talking about Jim Bunning being on the cusp of losing, AFTER his opponent announced that he was en route to concede. Other comments: FNC's Barone was dazzling in his knowledge, clearly the brightest star of the election coverage. Surprisingly well dressed, he retucked his huge pocket foulard as the night went on, but also became more harried-looking as he crunched numbers hour after hour. Brit Hume was very nicely dressed in a mix of Ivy League and updated Continental, with enough flair to be noticeable. His stewardship of the FNC commentary was masterful, though every break for commercials seemed to catch him by surprise, and he seemed not to know which states had been called until the graphics came up. Neither Barnes nor Kondracke has the least bit of sartorial flair, but at least they had something to say. CNN's Larry King was embarrassingly addled or senile, literally oblivious to what was going on around him, and unable to add up simple numbers or follow the commentary of the other presenters. Time to retire. The usual mis-sized suspenders. Juan Williams seemed suprisingingly (for him) evenhanded. My problem with his suits is that they are always incredibly overpadded, with convex linebacker shoulders that don't move when he does. Blitzer, Anderson, and Brown at CNN seemed their usual anonymously dressed selves. Brown was as dour as I've ever seen him (which is saying a lot). I had to laugh out loud at Judy Woodruff's facial expression (on the verge of tears), since at about 7 Laura Ingraham of WABC announced on her show "watch Judy Woodruff go pale and then change to a black mourning dress as Bush's wins come in." She did exactly that, though she kept her festive red dress on as her expression grew more woeful. By the end of the night she had aged ten years. MSNBC was a real eyefest. James Carville could make Kiton look like JC Prenney sweats, so he was perhaps wise to stick to his trademarked cheap sportcoat, buttondown shirt, and jeans. He was matched by Chris Matthews, whose spittle appeared to ruin several neckties as the evening wore on. Tucker Carlson lived up to his central casting role as the trustafarian poor little rich kid and pet conservative-- is that a Tripp or a Ben Silver bowtie he was wearing? Paul Begala was surprisingly elegant in a dark suit, and should now appear in dictionary illustrations of the phrase "limousine liberal." Between the three channels, I felt well informed, and reasonably satisfied that I had enough accurate information to draw my own conclusions. Only in America.
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