For better or worse, drinking games have become a ritual attachment to watching electoral returns on certain November Tuesdays that roll around every four years. While we all wait for the results that put the presidential pick over the top, there are ample opportunities to celebrate state-by-state calls and down-ticket results as they roll in. Here are the races whose results I’ve tentatively slated as drinkworthy:
Swing State Swigs: Presidential State-by-States listed in (east-to-west) geographical order to match the order in which calls may be made. Each state called for Obama merits drinks all around:
Teabagger Tossbacks: Opportunities to celebrate voter rejection of the most odious of teabagging “patriots”. This category is essentially an exercise in Schadenfreude, intended to celebrate the defeat of those several candidates whose aspirational or continued presence in our political system must not come to pass. Needless to say, several of these outcomes will be cause for positive celebration of electoral wins by Progressive opponents in those races, so consider it a two-fer. My gamecard divides the category into house and senate races:
Paul Ryan (WI)
Peter King (IA)
Michelle Bachmann (MN)
Scott Brown (MA)
Richard Mourdock (IN)
Todd Aiken (MO)
Of course, there is the big enchilada, the calling of the presidential election results. I'll leave it to you to decide how that presumptively happy outcome will be observed.
That’s how my card sits on election eve but I’m sure that I’ve overlooked several other drinkworthy outcomes so adjust your card accordingly or, better yet, reply to the post in order to advocate for inclusion of other races—I’ve almost certainly overlooked several that will make a real difference pending Tuesday’s results.