“Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican this is a (sic) historic day in American politics.”
“A historic” instead of “an historic” is clearly the most sensible and euphonious choice given the fact that the “h” in historic is pronounced by all persons of education, and given the rule that “a” should change to “an” only when the next word begins with a vowel and never when preceding a consonant, despite the exception with the word “history” which for some reason has crept into use in recent decades after being eradicated earlier, and rather annoyingly has been blessed as valid by many dictionaries.
A blow struck for verbal civilization by a blonde goddess of the airwaves!
Update: Hillary Clinton did the same! – In announcing her incipient victory as notified by the AP she spoke the following words:
“According to the news we are on the brink of a historic, ‘istoric (sic) unprecedented moment – but we still have work to do don’t we?”
Did the repeat of the word “historic” leaving out the “h” the second time betray her uncertainty as to whether she was sufficiently democratic to sound the educated pronunciation of the two words?
We will probably never know. But she certainly deserves credit for saying “a historic” loud and clear, for what may be the first time in recent memory that a US politician used the obviously more correct and educated formulation!