Arizona Republicans Found Out Barack Obama Won Re-Election, and Things Got Very Awkward
At the Arizona Republican Party's election-viewing party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix last night, the moment came that precisely none of the scheduled speakers was prepared for -- on a large screen to the right of the stage, Fox News declared that President Obama had won re-election.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Mongtomery was stuck on stage speaking while this came up, and with the 15 minutes before that moment, combined with the 15 minutes after, we found out there is a scenario more awkward than being in a room full of nothing but Republicans -- being in a room full of nothing but really baffled and grouchy Republicans.
This chain of events started with Governor Jan Brewer -- whose mood we'll describe as "bubbly" -- as she took the stage next to the cardboard cutout of Mitt Romney, which remained on the stage throughout this whole process.
Brewer got the heavy cheers for saying she wanted to get "Buh-rack Obama out of the White House."
1. It was fine, it was fine -- so fine. I savored the building of the crescendo, approaching
GOP electus climax, and suddenly a disrupting sound -- Fox Newz, in a subdued voice saying "that black guy beat our white guy", and immediately the onset of GOP election interuptus. It was fine, it was fine -- so fine.
"Tobin broke from his prepared remarks to tell everyone it's not over, because there's still Ohio (This was well after Fox News called Ohio, and the election, for Obama.)... We'd find out later that night how Tobin got the idea... that Obama didn't really win Ohio -- Rove. Awkward."