September 20, 2004,
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article appears in the September 27, 2004, issue of National Review.
On Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Let me ask you something, you pollster guys have the country so wired up and measured and figured out that did any of you really guess the size of this victory?"
POLLSTER: "Well, Chris, if you look at the trends here, as we did in the weeks leading up to tonight, we saw that in several key states, there was what we call a strong demographic differentiation narrowing."
CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Not following you."
PUNDIT: "Chris, if I could, take Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. These are really not three states, but more like seventeen separate states that overlap in some key areas. The 'Oh Va' region, the 'Ohiop' area, and then the neo-rust belt of 'WeViPeo.' These places were trending early and then reversed, leading to the numbers we're now seeing coming out of that region."
POLLSTER: "These are early trending differentiating numbers, Chris. It's important to say that."
PUNDIT: "Yes, but in every presidential election apart from the most recent twelve that involved a non-primary-challenged incumbent against a sitting senator, this kind of result has been usual. So in a way, we shouldn't be surprised."
POLLSTER: "Right. And also, more people voted for Bush."
PUNDIT: "Exactly. That can't really be over-emphasized."
On Casting for Brown Trout on the Outdoor Life Network:
GUIDE: "Just pop a fly right there where that seam is showing."
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On Larry King Live on CNN:
LARRY KING: "So you bruise the limes first, is that it?"
JENNA BUSH: "That's right, Larry. That way the juicy part of the whatever it's called "
BARBARA BUSH: "The greeny stuff?"
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