Today promises to be the most dramatic California Democratic presidential primary vote in...well, maybe ever. To say that the future of our country hangs in the balance probably isn't even hyperbole. And that's a good thing because otherwise we're looking at a fairly boring and inconsequential ballot, which the Guardian will covering live, as we have every election day since the birth of this whole Internet thing. That's right, we were "live blogging" before anyone invented that stupid term. But I digress.
So check back here this evening as the numbers start rolling in from all the Super Fat Tuesday primaries. We'll have coverage from all the election night parties in town and commentary on the larger issues at play and the unique role Californians are playing in shaping this race. Or if you want to attend the parties yourself, here's a partial list of what we've come up with so far:
*** Barack Obama's campaign seems to be throwing the swankiest party in town, renting out the Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason Street) Grand Ballroom (as well as The Avalon down in Hollywood) to host supporters. The candidate himself will be in Illinois, but this pair of parties seems to show that he's already acting like the president-elect.
*** Hilliary Clinton's campaign is going to be more muted locally with what sounds like a fairly low-key party at their local campaign headquarters at 1122 Howard Street. They seem to instead be blowing their wads on an event in a couple hours at the Ferry Building featuring ex-prez Bill Clinton and Mayor Gavin Newsom, sort of a Philanderer's Ball in support of Clinton II, The Sequel.
*** Republican Ron Paul, who has a chance to get San Francisco's Republican delegates thanks to a vocal and visible local campaign, is being feted at a campaign party at Thai Stick Restaurant, 925 O'Farrell Street @ Polk.
*** The most significant San Francisco campaign, which is seeking to pass the Prop. A parks bond, will be gathering at the Boudin Bakery on Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf.
* And finally, you can watch the results with staff from the Guardian at Kilowatt bar, 3160 16th Street in the Mission District.
Belly on up and take a big drink of democracy, baby.