Blackout

The exits look good. Not good enough for me to relax, but good. I’ll believe it when I see Brit Hume’s pinched up little prune face declare Kerry the president-elect.

JOSH

Nothing’s happening right now. By the end of the night, 100 million votes will be cast. Polls have been open in the East for six and a half hours. You know how many votes have been cast? One percent. Everybody votes after work. Not me, I vote first thing. The VNS exit polls are down in Michigan for a little while. And it’s raining in Oregon. This is like the ionization blackout period.

DONNA

Pumpkin Patch, is there anything I can do to get you to go to the movies for eight hours?

— The West Wing

A.