Back to 1984 this time, and Dan Rather’s waiting for us in an impressively-staffed, multi-screen CBS studio.
But first, the ubiquitous plugs. This time we’ve got to tip our electoral college-sized hats to “Manufacturers Hanover, the Financial Source Worldwide”, “the Sun Company – where there’s sun, there’s energy” and last but not least “Mastercard, Mastercard International: so worldly, so welcome”.
Surely this is maddening to anyone watching these kinds of programmes. You’re desperate for the latest news, you’ve been waiting up for the next set of declarations…and instead you get a load of smarmy sponsorship messages. It sounds very parochial, but does this sort of thing still go on? Even on crucial history-making election nights?
Anyway, once Dan can get a word in, he’s got some exciting news. It seems Ronnie might be back in, despite poor old Walter Mondale taking the District of Columbia and thereby garnering a thunderous three votes. It’s morning again in America!