The morning after Election Day they began to appear, online artifacts of an emotional night, evidence that bashes around the city and beyond had transformed briefly into centers of love and brotherhood.
"We Hooked Up Election Night at Xpressions - m4m."
Change happened, streets were danced upon . . . and everybody got saucy on election night. At least young Democrats got saucy, propelled into flirtation by a mixture of glee and adrenaline. Later, they were moved to search for their would-be loves by posting dozens and dozens of Missed Connections on Craigslist.
"Lucky Bar election night with ice cream cake - m4w."
This was the MC posted by Jordan Cross, a Ballston furniture manufacturer who spent his election evening chatting up a pretty girl sitting at the next table in the U Street bar. She'd printed out a state-by-state guide of electoral votes, and he kept finding excuses to borrow it. She had the guide, she had the cake, she had the candidate. She had the cute blond hair, and then she got up and left just before the speeches, before he could ask for her phone number.
This was more than regular flirting, says Cross. Regular flirting is a few games of beer pong on a Saturday night. This -- if you believe Obama supporters -- was flirting mixed with a sense of cosmic change, which emboldened people to take actions they never would have otherwise. Participants in such flirtation sound, a bit disturbingly, like alien abductees trying to describe their experiences on the mother ship: Never felt that kind of euphoria . . . Out of body . . .
Read blogger E.A. Hanks' post "Obama Babies: Coming Soon," which predicts an Obama baby boom stemming from election night euphoria.
Tell us below: Did you hook up with a stranger--or at all-- on election night?
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