CNN national correspondent John King married
Electoral Map, his longtime CNN colleague, in a star-studded ceremony on Martha’s Vineyard Sunday evening. The most
anticipated wedding of the year was held at the home of former presidential advisor David Gergen and was attended by a host
of political and media luminaries that included Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw and CNN founder Ted Turner.
“I’m happier now than at
any point in my life,” said Mr. King after the ceremony. “Except maybe the 1994 mid-term election or the Florida
recount or the day I discovered that white working class, non-college educated voters in Kent County, Michigan were moving
towards Reagan in 1984.” Former President Clinton gave the marriage his blessing. “I know Electoral College better
than anyone,” said the former president. “So I know she and John will make a wonderful couple.”
Mr. King looked dashing in an elegant
Armani suit. But it was Ms. Map, with her rectangle-shaped pearl white Vera Wang dress, that captivated the guest’s
attention. CNN colleagues Wolf Blitzer and Roland Martin, standing in for the bride’s deceased father, pushed her down
the aisle on a flatbed gurney adorned with hundreds of hanging chads. Her red, white and blue train was festooned with velvet
dolls representing every presidential candidate in American history. The
groomsmen were pollster John Zogby, Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report and Mark Halperin of Time magazine. Bridesmaids
were former Florida Secretary of State Kathleen Harris, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Joan Rivers.
It was a mixed-faith ceremony, presided
over by both a Catholic priest and a precinct officer. Before the vows were exchanged, the priest asked if anyone objected
to the marriage. NBC political director Chuck Todd, who was visibly inebriated, stood in the back row, climbed on his chair
and shouted, “Don’t do it, baby! I’ll die without you!” Then he tossed a lit cigarette onto Joan Walsh’s
lap and hurled his pint of Jack Daniels towards Mr. King, who ducked and hid behind his bride, allowing the whiskey bottle
to sail over his head and crash onto Mr. Gergen’s tennis court. The disturbance ended when Mr. Todd lost his balance,
said something about “non-Catholic Hispanics in the Fresno suburbs” and then wobbled from his chair, crashed face
first onto the grass and promptly passed out.
At the reception, guests munched on Russian caviar, wild salmon and Baked Alaska. After dinner, the bride
and groom took to the dance floor as the DJ launched into an impressive mix of campaign jingles that included “I like
Ike,” “High Hopes” and “Tippecanoe and Tyler too.” Mr. King strained to push Ms. Map around
the dance floor, at one point stopping to bend over, wipe sweat from his brow and catch his breath. After he collected himself,
Mr. King lifted his bride’s dress and showed off Ms. Map’s beautiful technology with a rapid-fire succession of
electoral facts and images. Mr. King’s hands danced around his wife’s face much like Liberace playing the piano.
The guests oohed and aahed as Mr. King treated them to a technicolor montage that included a miniature hologram of Candy Crowley,
a hypothetical 2000 election outcome factoring in a fictitious George Bush lazy eye and the results of an Ohio focus group
from the future.
Borger, who frequently appears on CNN with Mr. King and Ms. Map, said their affection for one another was obvious from the
start. “John can’t keep his hands off her,” said Borger. “It’s been that way since they met.”
Two-time presidential candidate John McCain said of the bride, “I’ve really never been able to figure her out.
But John obviously has. He’s clearly smitten.”
The bride is taking the groom’s name and will now be known as Electoral King.
This is Mr. King’s first marriage and Ms. Map’s third. The bride’s first two marriages ended in divorce.