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Look for Ben’s Chili Bowl and the back of my head to be on CNN. A crew from the cable network spent the evening watching the returns in the crowded back room of DC’s most famous restaurant.

As the results kept pouring in on the big screen analog TV — tuned into CNN, probably not by coincidence — the mood in the house wasn’t as tense or joyous as I’d hoped. The experience was sort of like watching a Florida State/Duke game with Seminoles fans as their team runs up the score after a close first quarter.

I wanted to find myself caught up in a happy riot. So did CNN, I think. The crew left as soon as Pennsylvania got called for Obama. I followed ’em out after Ohio.