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Diane Sawyer and others made for a wild and crazy election night on TV

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The presidential election sure was exciting, and I'm not even talking about the results.

Flipping through the TV channels was half the fun, trying to find the latest wacky behavior before the Twitterverse descended on it.

ABC News' Diane Sawyer, of course, turned out to be the belle of the bizarro ball. Pretty much the entire world is convinced she was either a) drunk or b) suffering a stroke. To state the obvious: neither is good. To me, Sawyer looked liked she'd helped herself to a handful of happy pills. She was slurring her words and acting much stranger than we've come to expect from the veteran, no-nonsense journalist.

Wrote AP:

Sawyer spoke more slowly than usual while seeming to prop herself on outstretched arms at the anchor desk she shared with George Stephanopoulos.
"OK," she said at one point around 10 p.m. EST, "I wanna -- can we have our music, because this is another big one here? Minnesota, we're ready to project Minnesota, rrright now. ... Well, tonight we know that President Barack has won Minnesota," she rambled on, stumbling over the president's name.

Sawyer wasn't the only talking head raising eyebrows.

Over on Fox News, GOP strategist Karl Rove wasn't willing to acknowledge that Obama took Ohio -- and the election --  after the network had called it, making for some awkward interactions between Rove, Fox reporters and the network's Decision Desk.

Over on NBC, whose election night coverage garnered the highest ratings nationally according to ratings guru Marc Berman, anchor Brian Williams spiced things up with some choice words for Donald Trump and Trump's tweets about the election results being "a sham" and "a travesty."

"Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight," said an exasperated Williams, who must be thrilled to share a network with The Donald.

While NBC posted the best ratings nationally, local ABC affiliate WLS-Channel 7 dominated here, both in terms of overall viewers and the key demos. WLS shifted from Sawyer and Co. to local election coverage starting at 10 p.m. and stayed local through 1 a.m.

All in all, it was a pretty entertaining night to be watching TV.

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