The Morning After
November 8, 2006 4:02 PM
The nation has a collective hangover today, induced from an overdose of TV news coverage of the midterm election where the Democrats seized control of the House and kept all of us up well beyond our normal tuck-in times. And at this writing the Dems picked up additional seats in the Senate, with only one contest in Virginia remaining uncalled.
At his news conference today President Bush looked shaken to his very core. To me, he appeared more rattled and unfocused than ever, clearly out of touch with the voters in this country. Let’s just say he isn’t having a good TVQ day, the morning after. But dammed good TV for a lot of us, I must say.
Tonight is going to be another long night in front of the TV for this nation. Beyond the bitter loss to Democrats last night, this afternoon Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced his resignation. The President said he would nominate former CIA Director Robert Gates to fill that position in the Pentagon.
You have to wonder what other shoes have yet to drop, as the campaign for the big prize in 2008 has just begun. TV newsgathering organizations didn’t miss a beat and I particularly liked how NBC made the most of its on-air talent. The Peacock brought out the big guns. Anchor Brian Williams had former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw at his side, along with Washington correspondent Tim Russert. Later both Brokaw and Russert switched over to provide commentary on MSNBC’s coverage anchored by Chris Matthews.
Meanwhile, I felt bad for CBS anchor Katie Couric who was having a bad hair day and simply didn’t look like one of the big, seasoned dogs.