Fox News went to war with its own decision desk on Election Night.When Fox called Ohio for President Obama, its own pundits objected. "I gotta tell ya," Chris Wallace said, "the Romney camp has real doubts about the call that was made by us, and I guess other networks, about Ohio... I just got an email from a top Romney person. I said, 'Do you agree with our call? They said, 'Not really.'" The camera continued to pan over jubilant Obama crowds, but Karl Rove in particular wasn't having it. This was delicious historical irony for anyone who remembers the 2000 election, when Rove was masterminding the George W. Bush campaign and the Fox News Decision Desk played, at least according to Al Gore supporters, a somewhat decisive role. See, at the time, the desk included John Ellis, who is a first cousin to George W. and his brother and then- Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. While all the other networks held back on calling Florida, the Fox News decision desk, after Ellis shared some info with his Bush family relatives, called Florida for Bush a little after 2 a.m., and, again according to Democrats, teed up the Bush argument that the Gore-Lieberman campaign's attempt to count ballots was just a "Sore-Loserman" tactic.
Tonight the call did not go Rove's way, and Rove knows what happens once a call is made -- media momentum that's nearly impossible to reverse. "I just don't think we can call a state with 991 votes between the candidates," Rove said. He was so upset that the Fox talking heads desk dispatched Megyn Kelly to confront Fox's own Decision Desk -- basically, the nerd desk, where less glamorous souls crunch the numbers. What happened next was election night's most amazing bit of television.