What did Larry King's audience do to deserve this?

The CNN host has the oddest panel possible on to discuss election results

Published November 4, 2009 2:45AM (EST)

As a general rule, I try to avoid cable news at all costs -- watching it is often just too painful. But Election Night is one of those times when, like some horrible thing out of "A Clockwork Orange," I'm forced to watch. Tuesday night has, so far, been every bit as bad as I imagined.

True story, could not make this up: CNN's Larry King, just a few minutes ago, had a special panel on to discuss election results. The panel consisted of -- and I want to stress again that I could not possibly make this up -- former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, former game show host and Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein and, as a topper, James Carville.

I've had nightmares that now, by comparison, seem like a trip to some wonderful island paradise where the free piña coladas never stop flowing.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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