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Congressional Democratic HQ An Election Metaphor

BLOG POST FROM Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) ELECTION NIGHT PARTY HEADQUARTERS AT THE LIAISON HOTEL IN WASHINGTON, DC

"We may not actually be able to do this now at all"

-Ryan Rudominer, DCCC press secretary, speaking on his cell phone to an unknown person

On election night, every minor incident is inevitably viewed as a metaphor for whatever the outcome of the election is expected to be. That said, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's team appears to be trying to pretend there is no election tonight.

The location of the DCCC's election night party was not unveiled to the press until less than 24 hours before the event. Reporters, upon arriving, were told to wait in the hotel lobby for an hour.

Then we were led into a "holding room" with a coffee table that had mugs, stirring sticks, and sweeteners in pink, blue, and yellow...but no coffee. The workspaces for reporters had no power strips – nothing, really, but chairs. A conversation with a press assistant went as follows:

Do you know what time Pelosi will speak?

No.

Do you know the order of speakers?

No.

Do you know how long they will speak?

No.

Will we be able to stay in the room to file from there once the speeches are done?

No.

This is not expected to be a great night for any of the major national Democratic groups. But for the DCCC, which runs the campaign to keep Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, it might be best to pretend tonight isn't happening at all.