Somewhere in the middle of the election-night returns, I stopped flipping through the channels — watching the parade of giddy anchors, jacked up on caffeine and infographics — and settled on Fox News Channel. It wasn’t a partisan act, though I imagine Fox racked up lot of gloating liberal viewers Tuesday night. This was a matter of entertainment: On a night of far less tension than expected, this was where you got the high emotions.
Hours before the network declared for Obama, the hint of despair was palpable, though the expression of it varied by personality. Peggy Noonan described “a subdued feeling”; Liz Cheney groused that the Republican bench was better than Elizabeth Warren. Sarah Palin, remote from Wasilla, declared this “a perplexing time for many of us right now.”