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Election Night: MSNBC (Part 2)

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 4th 2008 11:40PM
MSNBC 2008MSNBC is perking along. Either they're getting better at the results or I'm getting more comfortable with all their bells and whistles and commentary.

8:48 David Gregory is good as a traffic cop. He's bouncing the focus around from Chuck to Chris to Ann to Lester really well. He's interviewing Obama's campaign chief strategist David Axelrod now. He doesn't look worried. He looks like Mr. Whipple, but he doesn't look worried.

8:55 Tom DeLay, former House Majority Leader -- is talking trash. He claims Nancy Pelosi is going to push President Obama around. Hmm...he sounds pretty bitter. Of course, he was forced to resign when he was indicted for election fraud.




9:00 Here come a load of projections... Wow, the numbers are piling up for both, but the bigger electoral votes are going to Obama. McCain is winning most of the traditional red states. Florida is still on the brink, as is Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia.

9:05 Chris is holding court. Gosh, he loves the sound of his own voice. You know, when he goes on like this, I think of Tim Russert. He would be all over this coverage if he were still with us.

9:14 Dreaded glitch award when they cut to interview with Mike Murphy. The numbers are looking good for Obama in Florida, so says this Republican strategist. Of course, this is Florida. Nothing is ever a sure thing in Florida, is it?

9:25 The election is over, folks. Ohio projecting for Obama means that if he gets the west coast -- California, Oregon and Washington -- he's over the top. Morning Joe just confirmed it. "The thread is broken. You tell me where McCain is picking up those electoral votes?"

9:36 They're starting to throw dirt on McCain's coffin. "The fundamentals of the economy are strong," was the beginning of the end for his campaign.

9:54 The crowd in Grant Park at Obama Headquarters is huge. This looks like it's going to be a major celebration. This could have been a very embarrassing thing if Obama hadn't pulled this off. Think about it.

10:00 More projections. Obama's inching up. The TV folks were worried about an early night, but we're going to be at this for at least another hour at least. Time for a cup of coffee...

10:12 They're playing some "inside politics" now, talking about House Seats and Democratic rule. Being a Republican was a bad thing in 2008. Chuck Todd is saying that Florida and Indiana are going to take a long time to call.

10:15 Savannah Guthrie is reporting that it's somber out in Arizona at McCain's headquarters. "They can read the map," she said. Meanwhile, the Chicago crowd is looking like New Year's Eve. They're saying that Oprah is there.

10:19
Looks like former Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken is winning in the Minnesota senatorial race. Stuart Smalley goes to Washington?

10:24 They're talking history again. You can't really understate the significance of the Obama projected victory. We're all part of something historic.

10:31 It looks like the excitement of the broadcast is coming down to McCain's concession and Obama's acceptance speech. They're doing a lot more talking now and a lot less maps and numbers...

10: 40 Mike Murphy said he's been consulting Dr. Smirnoff in the back room and it looks like Virginia, Florida and North Carolina will likely be Obama's.

10:45 Chuck T. just evoked Tim Russert again. He says that if Tim were there, he'd be hanging this Republican loss on President Bush. "Bush, Bush, Bush." You can almost see him writing it on that white board.

11:00 Keith got to make the announcement -- Barack Obama projected president of the United States. That, my friends, is the ballgame. Next post, the speeches.

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RobynM

In case you hadn't noticed, there weren't a lot of TV shows to be had tonight. Even the Travel Channel preempted their normal new episode of Bizarre Foods for a rerun because of the election.

Oh, and to be meta about it - they weren't providing election coverage. They were covering the election coverage, which was the biggest thing on TV tonight.

November 05 2008 at 2:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

if i wanted election coverage, i'd visit cnn.com NOT tvsquad. i know you writers wish you could be real journalists, and cover real topics, but life has dealt you these crap cards, so stick to what you do best, BLOG TV SHOWS!

a whole bunch of people need to be fired at this shit blog, i'll make sure to send my complaint to weblog inc.

i used to like tvsquad, now its more like the moron-squad. if u need me u'll find me at twop.

November 05 2008 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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