Most Anticlimactic Celebration

Democratic Party at the Hyatt, Election Night, 2000

It's Al! No, wait, it's W.! Al! W.! Oh, who the hell knows? All those who were there know is that it was late, we were tired, and the crowd in the packed, sweaty ballroom was growing surlier and more sober by the minute. Cheers were followed by silence, which was followed by boos, as ill-informed news crews announced a Gore victory in Florida, then retreated. Only Austin Rep. Dawnna Dukes, resplendent in red suit and perfect campaign coif, kept her cool as Dems awaited the news with dread and anticipation.

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