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Roeper: President’s path to re-election cleared surprisingly early

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:15AM



Biggest winner: POTUS. With big wins in key states such as Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, the president’s path to re-election was cleared surprisingly early in the night. Perhaps this item will be a mini-version of “Dewey Defeats Truman,” but as of this writing Obama is about a 99 percent favorite to win it.

Most surprising number: If Obama wins Florida, he could wind up with only about 30 fewer Electoral College votes than he received in the landslide of 2008.

Men in Black: The award for sartorial splendor goes to the men of CNN. Led by Anderson Cooper, John King and Wolf Blitzer, they sported sharp black suits with white shirts and simple ties. It was as if they were auditioning for “Men in Black 7: Gray Hair, Black Suits.”

Biggest Loser Outside Our Radar:. Linda McMahon. In the Chicago area we were paying precious little attention to the U.S. Senate race in Connecticut, but the filthy-rich wife of wrestling magnate Vince McMahon lost again, meaning she has now spent some $100 million combined on two losing campaigns.

Gators/Buckeyes all over again: From CNN to Fox News to ABC-TV, the mainstream media coverage was laser-focused on the races in Ohio and Florida, and rightfully so. I half-expected one of the networks (NBC being the logical choice) to cut to a clip from the recent story arc on “30 Rock,” in which the conservative Jack Donaghy and the liberal Liz Lemon (say that three times fast) came to the conclusion the entire election would come down to one particular section of Florida populated by fans of the frighteningly moronic Jenna Maroney.

Biggest embarrassment: Despite indictment and expulsion, State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) was re-elected. Despite continuing serious ailments, months of absenteeism, family arrogance and no signs of a return any time soon, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) scored an easy victory.

Sometimes constituents get exactly the candidate they deserve.



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