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Making the Moost of it: And a Chad Shall Lead Them

Aired November 24, 2000 - 1:55 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

STEPHEN FRAZIER, CNN ANCHOR: Well, this is one of the moments when the culture changes, because up until now, most of us thought dimples were just part of a smile.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: No longer. Now dimples are becoming part of the election process.

And as CNN's Jeanne Moos reports, suddenly there's nothing simple about a dimple.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Whoever thought dimples would be front-page news? Instead of finding them on cheeks, they're on everybody's lips.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, FOX NEWS CHANNEL)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All the so-called dimpled ballots.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Dimpled ballots may be in.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE TODAY SHOW")

KATIE COURIC, HOST: And it all does come down to that dimple.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MOOS: And you find these dimples on chad, as opposed to Brad, or Shirley, "The Little Princess"-- or Geena.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We'll go with Geena Davis. You're not going to name a ballot after her now, are you?

MOOS: The dimple, indented but not punched through, has even divided fathers and sons.

(on camera): Should they not be counted? Should they not be counted?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

MOOS: You are anti-dimple?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm definitely anti-dimple.

MOOS: The not-so-simple dimple breeds even more confusion when it's with child.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dimpled chads. Pregnant chads.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, FOX NEWS CHANNEL)

BRET BAIER, CORRESPONDENT: These pregnant or dimpled chads.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Taking up the sticky issue of dimpled and pregnant chads.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To tell the truth, I don't know the difference.

MOOS (voice-over): No wonder. At first, pregnant seemed to be the more popular term in the press.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THIS WEEK")

COKIE ROBERTS, HOST: The Republicans are for aborting pregnant chads.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MOOS: Some news organizations don't distinguish between pregnant and dimpled chad. Others say pregnant can mean bulging or pierced, while dimpled just means indented.

MOOS (on camera): Do you prefer dimpled or pregnant?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, yes, dimpled.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I hate the pregnant one. I hate it.

MOOS: The term?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know what? And you can tell, every politician that says it starts to sneer. Or every news media person wants to laugh.

MOOS (voice-over): When we put the two to a vote, pregnant lost by a landslide.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't like that term when it comes to a ballot.

MOOS (on camera): What do you have against pregnant? UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I've been there twice -- three times.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Disrespectful to women and their wombs.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Open to too many dirty jokes.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The latest joke going around is that Al Gore wants a nine-month delay so the pregnant chads can actually give birth to baby chads in time for the election to be tallied off.

MOOS (voice-over): After counting and manually recounting our votes, dimpled defeated pregnant 23-to-3. Of course, people and ballots aren't the only things dimpled. Why do golf balls have dimples?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It gives it better lift, trajectory.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He plays golf a lot. He would know.

MOOS: OK, so maybe you think we're making a mountain out of a molehill.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (singing): And how many chads must fall to the ground before you don't count them no more? The answer, my friend, may be on CNN.

MOOS: The answer? Until this election, most of us knew about as much about dimpled ballots as these Japanese tourists.

MOOS (on camera): You know what a dimpled ballot is?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dimple?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dimple.

MOOS: Dimple.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dimple.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dimple.

MOOS (voice-over): Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

FRAZIER: With apologies to Bob Dylan. That poor guy was changing that song a lot.

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