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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Beldar's nomination for the unsung hero of Election Day 2004

Readers of a certain age will remember the Mennen's Skin Bracer commercial in which droopy and foggy-eyed boxer Joe Frazier stared into his bathroom mirror, and then — after vigorously slapping his own cheeks with the product — suddenly appeared miraculously refreshed, exclaiming:  "Thanks!  I needed that!"

Today Hugh Hewitt (via this post and also, I suspect, some pointed and well-directed private emails and/or phone calls) performed that function for the right hemisphere of the blogosphere during the panic over the hugely misleading exit polling early in the day.  Someone of his stature — someone who'd be immediately noticed and seriously considered by other pundits and bloggers — badly needed to administer those sharp slaps.

And in near Butterfly Effect-fashion — Hugh being able to float like a butterfly (avoid giving offense), but sting like a bee (make his point forcefully) — it worked.  I don't know how many Bush voters who might otherwise have given up based on panic in the blogosphere, but instead took heart and voted — but I believe it was a non-negligible number.

Thanks, Hugh.  We needed that!

Update (Wed Nov 3 @ 8:55am):  Power Line also sings Hugh's praises.

Posted by Beldar at 01:05 AM in Politics (2006 & earlier), Weblogs | Permalink


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(1) BarCodeKing made the following comment | Nov 3, 2004 1:17:52 AM | Permalink

I, for one, didn't panic. I saw that the exit poll sample was 59% women and I knew immediately that somebody was monkeying around with the numbers. And I was right.

Bush is going to end up winning this thing with a majority of the popular vote, a margin of over 3.5 million votes, and a solid win in the Electoral College. I'm proud of America. We didn't give in to the appeasers and the defeatists.

(2) David Blue made the following comment | Nov 3, 2004 1:53:19 AM | Permalink

BarCodeKing: "I'm proud of America. We didn't give in to the appeasers and the defeatists."

No you didn't. Thank you America. :)

(3) Jake made the following comment | Nov 3, 2004 5:28:25 AM | Permalink

Beldar...I don't care how you segue it, but since you're working memorable commercials into your prose, can you build a missive around "Take it off. Take it ALL off"? I would appreciate the stimulation immensely ;-)

(4) Lan Nguyen made the following comment | Nov 3, 2004 11:09:53 AM | Permalink

If you know who's behind the exit polls - the MSM that's who, you instantly erase 90% of credibility. Why panic?

And Hugh is great.

(5) SanDiegoHomeBoy made the following comment | Nov 3, 2004 5:56:14 PM | Permalink

The Constitution is strong!
The Republic is sound! and
God is on His Throne!
Thank you, Lord for a great victory!

PS Do you think Daschle will become the spokesman for Viagra?

(6) The Sacred Cow made the following comment | Nov 3, 2004 6:05:35 PM | Permalink

I, with Beldar and others, was one to panic--big time--when the exit polls were first posted on Drudge. In this instance it was my wife who was completely calm, as she pointed to Hugh Hewitt and other sites that made good sense of the uneven distribution.

Still, my unease was not helped when I switched on Fox at 7:00pm to start watching the returns, and every one of those pundits obviously had the same info. and it was clear from their demeanor and words that THEY BELIEVED IT TOO.

But my wife held firm and her confidence--and mine strengthened as a result--stood the test and won the night!

Hurray for Hugh and the rest of the blogosphere!

(7) UW Magic made the following comment | Nov 3, 2004 6:09:45 PM | Permalink

I was fortunate to shake Hugh's hand at the Colorado 96 hour training session Friday night and thank him for being the "Glue" that had held alternative media of all forms together through this election cycle.

While Rush initiated alternative media, it has matured with the blogs and the Sean/Hugh/Laura style talk shows. Rathergate, Draftgate, the Swiftvets established the raw power of alternative media but I must give honorable mention to DVT taking live blogging to a new level Monday night in submarining Daschel's last dirty trick.

Thanks to all of you.

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