Just a small wager: I’ll collect from you on this on the morning of November 3rd. I’m betting that an impartial observer of the November 2nd election will be able to tell you who won our presidential election merely by watching the video — no audio — only the video of any of several Arabic television stations or news channels. Just watch the people in the streets of Tehran, Cairo or Damascus. If they’re shouting, celebrating and shooting their AK-47s into the air, you’ll know that Kerry won. If there are long faces in the capitols of the sponsors of terrorism, you can get ready for another four years of George W. Bush.
Heck, Neal, there’s no need to go and find any Arabic stations. Just watch the networks. The look on Katie Couric’s face when the 2000 election was called for Bush was worth the entire recount chaos that shortly followed.