Literally while Bret Baier is in the middle of saying that the calling of Ohio in the President's favor is a "major setback for Governor Romney," you can hear in his voice that he is thinking to himself, "does that mean what I think it means?"
However Megyn Kelly is much slower on the uptake and the whole segment seems to suddenly be in slow motion as all the various pundits and reporters start to absorb the unthinkable, that Mitt Romney just lost the election. After that they all look completely shell shocked as if this was a scenario they simply had never even considered.
Gee they must all only watch Fox News too.
After this they brought Karl Rove out, and if you think THEY were slow to recognize the facts, HE was in total denial.
“I’m gonna ask you a straight-out question,” Wallace said to Rove. “You went through this in 2000, you almost went through it in 2004. Do you believe Ohio has been settled?”
“No, I don’t,” said Rove.
Rove argued that there were too many votes not yet accounted for in Ohio, particularly in Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties. He did the math and figured that at least 720,000 were left to account for and that there were only 991 votes separating Romney and Obama when the state -- and election -- were called.
"This is premature," he told Fox News' Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier, adding: “Our network called on the basis of about 74 percent of the vote being in."
After several minutes, Baier and Kelly decided she should take a walk to the "decision desk" to see how confident the network's experts were in their call. (You can see video of this at the link.)
"We're actually quite comfortable with the call in Ohio," one of them told her, adding that the largest outstanding county is Cuyahoga, which he called "Democrat territory." "There just aren't enough Republican votes left for Romney to get there."
But that wasn't enough to convince Rove, who again began presenting numbers supporting his argument.
"It may be that Obama wins the state, but there seems to be a lot of votes that need to be cast," he said, adding: "Let more of the votes come in and start to see more of the separation and validate it and not make a very early call. The public perception is that it looks a little odd to be making a call with a 991-vote difference."
(Actually the final tally had Obama winning Ohio by more than 100,000 votes. Conservatives simply cannot do math!)
Replied Baier: "They are pretty confident back there Karl, but we will keep going back and forth. I don't know if we will send Megyn back there again."
I'm sorry is there ANYTHING on reality TV anywhere near this entertaining? Watching that nasty piece of work Megyn Kelley tromp back to confront the network's "experts" at Rove's behest was surrealist television at its best.
I have literally watched the embedded video three times, and the other videos a number of times as well, and it is really doesn't stop being a kick in the ass.
I swear the ONLY thing better than winning is having the opposing team complain to the ref that the score is wrong, proving them wrong, and then running up the score even more afterward.
And THAT is exactly what happened yesterday.
Fox News lost tons of credibility yesterday. Of course that likely will not change a thing, as the people who watch it don't do so to learn, they do so to be told the fairy tales that match their perception of the world, and help them to feel like victims of some dark force that will not America to be America.
Sadly for Fox, those people are dying off, and soon the majority of their audience will be watching from the rocking chairs in their assisted living homes or from their death beds.
Update: The typical expression worn by Fox news employees last night.