Hey everybody...it's good to get back to blogging after my 2 week vacation. And what I night to return! Lots of program to discuss, so let's get started.
• Wolf hosted the coverage with Lou, Campbell and AC leading the panel discussions, during their usual program time.
• CNN was very slow to call the election, for whatever reason. MSNBC and Fox beat them to the punch. Not sure why the caution on CNN's part....everybody knew who was going to win. So I'm left wondering if their exit polling was faulty or were they trying to keep ratings up or simply being very cautious? It struck me as odd considering how quick they usually are to be first.
•Anderson's back row panel was Amy Holmes, Jeffery Toobin, Donna Brazile, Paul (be still my heart) Begala and Jamal Simmons. They let some of the original panelists go home early, but unfortunately not Alex Castellanos, who drove me crazy. For AC the front row panelists were Gloria Borger, Roland Martin and The Gerg.
• John King was back with the magic map, dissecting Pennsylvania for us. There was lots of discussion on Monday night's live blog about a catchy name for the telestrator. Some suggestions? Smart board, magic wall and my favorite John King’s Portal to Primary Predictions and Polls. JK and his magic map have drawn much attention lately. Check out this article in the New York Times.
•I hear all this talk about wrapping up the Democratic race before the convention and frankly I don't understand why. Pundits say that the Republicans have an unfair advantage because McCain can go after the issues instead of another member of his party. So why can't the Dems go after McCain, even if they don't have a presumptive candidate yet? Guess they figured that they could and should. The DNC aired it's first commercial of the 2008 Presidential race during the PA Primary coverage.
• I feel a bit vindicated by some of the exit poll numbers Anderson discussed with David Gergen on Tuesday's program. HRC ran 70% to Obama's 30% in white, rural Pennsylvania. I was born, raised and educated in Pennsylvania and this figure didn't surprise me one bit. When I blogged about my predictions for PA a few weeks ago some wondered why PA would vote so much differently than those of Wyoming, Alaska, etc. It's just the dynamics of the region. Ohio and New Jersey are of the same ilk as, I believe, West Virginia will be too. If Obama is the Dems candidate for President he will have a tough time carrying these normally blue States. And I don't think he can win the general election without carrying Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
• I was surprised to hear Hillary talk a bit in her speech about her family ties to Pennsylvania. I had no idea that her father was originally from Pennsylvania, nor did I know he graduated from and played football for my Alma mater, Penn State. Maybe I can turn my DH from McCain based on that? Probably not, but I'll try.
• Funny moment of the night? Of course it was Paul Begala telling AC that when he donates to campaigns he writes on the check 'for negative campaigning only'. When AC said 'You do'? He replied 'Yes I do, because I like fighting'.
• Did you catch the PIP ad during the Primary coverage? I haven't watched CNN for almost 2 weeks. If this isn't a new ad forgive me....it was new to me.
•And speaking of PIP, I had an email from Xtina today telling me that Wal-Mart is running a special promotion on the DVD for $13.72. There are Planet Earth (the BBC series version), Planet in Peril and a few other environmental films in the display at the front of most stores.
So tell the truth, did you stick with CNN all night or sneak a peek at Idol or the Dancing With The Stars Result program? Or maybe Big Brother? I confess I couldn't resist Andrew Lloyd Weber night on Idol. David Cook was unbelievable. As to the other two programs...thank God for TIVO. So I'm off to catch up on my recordings. Hope to see you back here tomorrow.