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November 7, 2006
Election Night: Atmosphere

I arrived here at Tryst a about a half-hour ago or so, and it's quite the zoo. Scott Johnson and I shared a cab over from the hotel, and we almost missed the place -- although we couldn't figure out why, since CNN has two huge vans in front of the coffee shop. Right now, we have people staring at us through the windows, probably wondering (a) what the heck is going on, and (b) where they're going to go for their coffee fix.

I figured that we would have a quiet atmosphere, sort of lounge-like, and that we would be mostly focused on our computers. Instead, this is a madhouse, but a fun one. I'm ensconced near the buffet table (naturally), in a comfortable couch. Surrounding me is Nick Gillespie from Reason, John and Joe from Americablog, and Robert Bluey from Human Events Online. I've met La Shawn Barber, Kevin Aylward, Ann Althouse, Patrick Hynes (who interviewed me for a YouTube segment coming up), Jeralynn Merritt, and a few others.

More later -- I'm getting an interview request at the moment.

6:21 ET: The connection here keeps going out, but CNN has been terrific about trying to correct it. They have engineers all over the place.

Right now, I have Abbi Tatton sitting next to me. I'll try to get a few thoughts from her.

6:43: Doing a chat session with the AP right now, with Nick Gillespie and Judd Legum. Mary Katherine Ham has dropped by to say hi. What a tough life I'm living at the moment ...

7:13 - About to go on air -- watch the TV...

7:38 - One commenter wants to know about the general mood among the bloggers regarding the election. I don't think we're seeing much confidence from any quarters here. I'm sitting with a good mix of perspectives, and the prevailing mood is watchfulness. No one's exhibiting any outright cheerleading in conversations here. In fact, the atmosphere is quite collegial, and I think the prevailing mood is apolitical cheer. That, and frustration with the dodgy Internet connections. I've just switched to my cell-phone Internet service, which is slower but it stays up.

8:09 - Patrick Hynes has an interview with me on YouTube at Ankle Biting Pundits -- check it out.

8:32 - I'm bumping this post to the top, and you'll see the posts change positions during the night. CNN is having some major-league problems with connectivity here. I'm sticking with my cell-phone connection to the Internet; it's been very reliable. I also hear that Blogger is down.

8:44 - CNN has its engineer, Chris, working his rear end off. He's so confident he's gotten the problem solved that I'm going to disconnect my cell phone to check it out.

8:57 - I'm going to be interviewed by Jacki Schechner in a few minutes about Pennsylvania and Ohio. Keep an eye out ...

9:40 - Jacki couldn't do the interview, but Abbi may be making her way over now. Keep an eye out ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 7, 2006 7:30 PM

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