Making A Call
The polls will be open for another nine hours but T.E.V.S. (The Elder Voting Service) has projected a loser in the first elimination pool in the 'Hugh's Best Guest' competition. Pack your bag Howard Kurtz. The dream is over.
It remains to be seen who will join Howard in sharing the dubious distinction of being one of two people eliminated in the pool of ten. Right now Erwin Chemerinsky clings to a one vote lead over Peter Bienart. In the event of a tie these two contestants will appear in a whiny-voiced three hour debate on Hugh's show on Monday to determine a winner. Please people, in the name of all that is holy, I urge, nay beg, you to vote now to ensure that we have a clear winner.
Meanwhile the most interesting development in the jockeying for seeding position among the rest of the contestants is the late surge that has propelled John McIntyre into third place. He's within a whisker of John Campbell and second place, although he is still far behind the runaway leader Mark Steyn.
Voting in the second pool (yes, the one with Lileks) opens Monday.