November 10, 2016

The ABC News Play-by-Play

"At eleven P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said / 'Fellas, it's bin good t'know ya!'"  --The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald
To serve my schadenfreudic needs I watched ABC newscast via DVR last night. (I'd watched Fox News live on election night and taped ABC.) 

Everyone started out so chipper and energized, especially anchor George Stephanopoulos. Visions of after-parties danced in their heads but a new sobriety set in during the second hour.

Terry Moran broke the tension by saying the unthinkable: that this was starting to look like the Brexit vote he'd covered in London, adding that he's having a "bad sense of deja vu" and then self-correcting by repeating it without the telling adjective "bad". As he was saying this, panelist Matthew Dowd crossed his arms in an "I don't want to hear this" gesture and Jonathon Karl frowned and looked down at his paper. Moran picked up on the body language and backtracked, "I'm not saying that's happening here...".

Jonathon Karl was the comforter-in-chief on the set, reminding the panel in regular 15 minute intervals that there was this magic cache of Broward County votes that could put Hillary on top in Florida (despite the uncounted Panhandle votes). Wishful thinking in action! If you want to see something you'll usually see it. (Including liberal bias but I digress...) 

Strategist Alex Castellanos was the sharpest knife in the drawer, seeing very early on that Trump was going to have trouble in Colorado but do better than expected in Michigan based simply on how folks were voting in Florida. Which turned out to be prescient. 

When the early results from Virginia were announced, a state Hillary was expected to carry without problem, Karl was forced to admit that this one was closer than he thought it would be. The dam visibly broke and Stephanopoulos grew concerned that his comforter wasn't doing his job so he swung it out to Clinton shill Donna Brazile, who offered many reassuring words about "long lines" in Detroit and uncounted votes and how confident she felt. Stephanopoulos pushed back though, saying he had reports of weakness in Flint and Detroit, but Brazile said these type of voters vote late in the day, after 4 or 5pm. And she seemed noticeably tight-faced and forced-smiling.

Stephanopoulos wasn't fooled or consoled. 

The commonwealth of Virginia seemed to put the fear of God in everyone, causing even Charles Gibson to speak for the first time (prior to this he was the Clarence Thomas of the panel).

Dowd then offered an unlikely scenario where Clinton could win popular vote by a whopping 5% and still lose if these tight races fall for Trump.

Around 10:52 Stephanopoulos admits aloud the gravity of the situation (his manner felt like that of the dawning doom of the men on the Edmund Fitzgerald), saying that if Trump wins Michigan or Pennsylvania and holds on to the other leads he has a "real possibility right there. Incredible."

He swings it to Cokie Roberts who makes her debut chime-in: "This is very different from what we were seeing earlier this evening... rural voters seem to be really ready to show their distaste for the current country." Charlie Gibson followed up with how dismaying the polarity is of the groups, of how divided this country is by sex, race, geographical location, etc... (Somehow I suspect this division wouldn't have been emphasized had Shrillary been winning narrowly.)

Then Rebecca Jarvis announces the Dow futures down 500 points and the Mexican peso is down, continued signal signs of the Fitzgerald's demise.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the votes turn the minutes to hours?
The pundits all say she'd have made White House way
If they'd put a few more Floridians behind her

Other thoughts:

Only in America has the presidency become an entry level job, in this case staffed by someone not interested in even studying for the gig, as if actually trying to learn policy would be as embarrassing for him as it is for a cool kid to be seen studying by his peers. The cult of authenticity: Trump wouldn't be Trump if he actually had more than one sentence to say about a complex policy issue. But then we saw how Jimmy Carter did with being book-smart, and intellectuals gave us Communism.

And all because Democrats decided to nominate their worst possible candidate, one with huge ethical issues and with few seen or unseen accomplishments. (Interestingly, Hillary never tried to reach out in the smallest way to the middle, not to pro-lifers, not even to go on a Fox News show like Bill O'Reilly.)


Obamacare: "Let's pass it and see what's in it."
This election: "Let's elect Trump and see what happens."


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Thoughts from my stepson:
1) While the popular vote is split, geographically the country doesn’t want anything to do with the modern democratic party. There’s a problem when the whole country is being governed without their consent. See:

2) Obama moved the democratic party to the left in 2008 and rammed through healthcare, since then they’ve lost something like 900 elections.

3) Obama stoked racial tensions rather than tried to healing them, presumably to rally his base. This and the talking points of the intellegensia cowed the silent majority. Anectdotally, some young lady in the airport tram in Newark quipped, “are any of you moving to Canada?” on Wednesday afternoon. The hubristic assumption that all right-minded people agree with them is hurting them. They think the arguments over, but people have just stopped engaging them.

4) Taxes and regulation and bullshit economic policy.


Kevin Hammer said...

Much later in the evening, Martha Raddatz was speaking about the Working Class and said that she had "walked among them" a lot this year. Like she had visited another planet or something.

TS said...

Too funny. Martha the anthropologist!

Kevin Hammer said...

Also fun: watching CNN with Wolf Blitzer repeatedly pleading with John King to find some evidence of Hillary leading on the maps. Reminded me of the end of "Trading Places" movie when the Duke brothers have lost all their riches at the Stock Exchange and Don Ameche yells, "Turn the machines back on!"

TS said...

Great movie and analogy. Gosh I wish I'd have taped all of them, just so entertaining.