You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Election Not-Live Blogging

Posted in 2008 Election by Stacy McMahon on November 4, 2008

I thought about liveblogging the election results for a hot five minutes before I realized it would make me want to stick nails in my eyes. I checked in with a couple of networks around 8:15 and was:

1.) Not surprised the BBC had a crew of commentators sitting around chortling about the poor dumb Republicans trying to cheer themselves up by listening to choir music (ok, choir music – but still, can the BBC at least try to avoid outright self-parody?) Well, I was a little surprised to see Christopher Hitchens at the table. Hey guys, a British accent doesn’t make up for being an asshat. Particularly hilarious – the poor guy with the election return graphics trying to read the tiny numbers on the computer monitor offstage while pointing at the huge ones behind him that only viewers can see.

2.) Fox News …are you serious? Reporting multiple state returns with a miniscule percentage of precincts reporting in. No shit, they were reporting IL and MO with “<1%” and several others with 2, 5, 9, 14… And they’d called at least a dozen states and were posting electoral vote totals, apparently based on those kind of numbers. Doesn’t anyone remember all the people who called Kerry the winner without bothering to look at how much of the vote was still out?

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