It’s now just after 10:30 Eastern, and for the last half-hour, after Iowa was projected for Obama and McCain locked up Mississippi, the Electoral College estimate has held at 207-135 in Obama’s favor at NBC and several other networks. Brian Williams just called South Dakota for McCain, but NBC’s political analyst Chuck Todd, poring over a map of Florida a few minutes ago, made it clear that he thought all the variables were moving Obama’s way.
By way of a sidelight, here are my nominations for:
Most Effervescent Coverage: Easily TV One, the African-American-themed channel, where the commentators (based in Grant Park) talk as if they’re perched on cases of Dom Perignon just waiting to be popped as soon as the West Coast tallies come in.
Most Somnolent Coverage: Probably the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s, which CSPAN2 is running for some reason.
Most Somnolent Network Coverage: So far, probably Katie Couric’s at CBS.
Most Fair And Balanced Coverage: Fox News is a contender – if a state has gone blue, Brit Hume and Chris Wallace haven’t hesitated to say so – but NBC holds up best overall.
Most Entertaining Coverage: It could be the BBC’s. Erica Jong of Fear Of Flying fame showed up a half-hour ago to bubble on about Obama, and former UN ambassador John Bolton has been crossing swords with historian Simon Schama and the Beeb’s own commentators; he just said that one of the network’s correspondents should be fired for raging bias.
Speculation now, across the airwaves, is that McCain may concede within an hour.