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Drunkblogging Election Night

6:21PM My perma-co-guest blogger Will Collier emails to tell me that he hasn't seen Bill Kristol look this bad since his man McCain get stomped in SC by Bush in 2000. Considering who his contacts are, that's got to make people happy at Obama HQ.

6:14PM With almost a quarter of precincts reporting in VA, McCain still has enough of a lead (12 points) to make me almost think there might be a real contest here. Almost.

6:08PM I'm doubly surprised that PA got called before NY. Just how many dead people cast ballots in PA, anyway? And does this mean that John Murtha will keep his seat? Now I really need a drink. Another drink, I mean. For my other hand, just to be clear. It's a two-fisted night.

6:07PM States are coming in fast and furious now. Paint ME, NH, MA, CN, NJ, DE, MD, DC, PA, and IL blue. For those keeping score at home, it's 102 for Obama, 34 for McCain. I admit to some surprise that PA was called so quickly after all the activity there the last few days. Stay tuned.

6:04PM Oklahoma and Tennessee are officially colored red now, too.

5:56PM South Carolina is McCain Country.  Again, no surprises and nothing smart VodkaPundit readers didn't know already.

5:45PM Ed Driscoll blogs, "When in doubt, disenfranchise military voters."

5:41PM The Corner says that North Carolina polls will stay open an extra hour. Did I mention it was going to be a long night? It just got longer.

5:39PM Fox calls West Virginia for McCain. No surprises there, and you can see it on the first map I posted an hour ago.

5:27PM Intrade bettors are putting their money on Indiana for Obama, based I would think on those "too close to call" exit polls. For what it's worth, I made out like a bandit in 2004, buying up Bush shares when the exit polls started leaking.

5:20PM Early returns show McCain ahead slightly in Virginia, but it's far, far too early to call that state either way. It is not, however, too early to turn up Red Hot Chili Peppers to unsustainable levels.

5:13.5PM But they haven't called DC? Cowards!

5:13PM No surprises here, but it will give you something to do with your crayons -- ABC News has called Vermont for Obama and Kentucky for McCain.

5:11PM Drudge Report, Google News, and Instapundit are all loading slower than usual. It's election night, kids -- and those innerweb tubes are stuffed full. This might be a good time to refresh your drinks and wait for the first East Coast precincts to start reporting in.

5:03PM ABC News reports that black voter turnout is barely up over 2004. I don't know if that means anything, but it is a bit of a surprise.

4:56PM Cheap as McCain stock is on Intrade right now (down 3.1 points to 6.1), non-risk averse bettors might just want to buy some of that action. I just bought some. Will probably lose my money, but the payoff would be sweeeeeet. (Pajamas Media, its affiliates, sponsors and sane people do not condone betting on international sites of questionable legality. Or skateboarding.)

4:43PM What's this? I'm calling Ohio already for McCain? Provisionally, yes. If the exit polls are really "too close to call," that indicates Republican strength. Democrats are typically much more likely to talk to exit pollsters. Is Florida the next state to go red? Stay tuned...

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4:28PM There are only three drinks VodkaPundit endorses for drunkblogging purposes: The gin or vodka martini, and scotch.

Here's how to prepare each to perfection.

The VodkaPundit Martini

You'll need:

Ketel One Citroen Vodka (it's got this wonderfully chunky mouth feel).

A chilled martini glass.

A cocktail shaker.

A handful of whole ice cubes (not crushed).

Shake the vodka vigorously over ice for 15 seconds, then strain into the glass. I've trained myself so that 50 vigorous shakes takes exactly 15 seconds. That's devotion to your craft.

The Perfect Gin Martini

You'll need:

Bombay Sapphire Gin.

One twist of lemon zest.

One small splash of dry vermouth.

A chilled martini glass.

A cocktail shaker.

A handful of whole ice cubes (not crushed).

Pour a small amount of vermouth into your glass, swirl, and shake out the excess. Run the lemon zest over the rim of the glass, then drop it in. Shake the gin vigorously over ice for 15 seconds, then strain into the glass.


You'll need:

The best damn scotch you can afford.

A rocks glass.

Pour as much of the first item as you think you'll need into the second item. Repeat as needed.