John: Though the Ashton Cabinet #2 is a truly fine cigar, I must dispute your contention that it is a perfect election night smoke. The perfect smoke to enjoy whilst awaiting returns depends on the final polling numbers. If you expect a win, but expect it late into the night, the PG Celebration is the best at about 9.5 inches long it lasts about 3 hours. I'd put the Ashton #2 behind it, barely. If you expect a loss (or the election of a Clinton, any Clinton, to any office) your cigar must match your black mood. Which brings us to the Ashton or PG or Avo maduros. (Ashton used to make a small maduro, panatela size, that was my fave. Haven't seen it in years.) And in either event, you must have just one wee dram of whiskey. In the event you expect to lose the presidency in '08, better have a PG Maduro Celebration on hand. It's powerful, but should not matter in that circumstance. Your head will be buzzing anyway.
The Spectacle Blog
Propositions 76 and 77 (spending restrictions and redistricting reform) are losing even in some heavily Republican precincts.
Propositions 73 and 74 (parental notification and tenure reform) are narrowly ahead, but with nothing counted in LA and San Francisco that spells doom. Prop. 75, requiring public employee unions to get their members' consent when they use union dues for political contributions, is only doing a little better; passage is possible but unlikely.
Putting these issues on the ballot all together, rather than focusing attention on one or two, was a huge blunder on the part of Arnold & Co.
78-80 (prescription drugs and electricity regulation) are losing almost everywhere in early returns.
Bill Bolling's saying that the voters will elect those who clearly communicate conservative values and focus on a positive, conservative message and not insults. To whom could he be referring?
That's what Bill Bolling is promising in his victory speech. Let's hold off on that for now.