Following its first commercial break, Saturday night, after declaring Joe Biden the winner of the South Carolina primary, CNN went right to contributor Terry McAuliffe — the ex-Democratic National Committee chair and former governor of Virginia. McAuliffe, it had been reported by the Washington Post, was preparing to endorse Biden on the condition that he pulled off a big victory in the Palmetto State.
And so — with no numbers yet on the board, but ample evidence pointing to a Biden rout — CNN anchor Anderson Cooper teed up McAuliffe to deliver the big news.
“A lot of voters have wondered if you’re going to endorse somebody,” Cooper said. “Have you made a decision?”
“I have made