“People just want to be in a communal environment on a night like this,” she said, whether that means drowning sorrows in booze or toasting to a new regime. “We really are a bunch of political junkies.”
And while some businesses are preparing for a busy night, there are signs that midterm madness is hardly an epidemic.
Chuck Lemine, whose business, Capitol Sedan and Limousine Service, ferries VIPs around town in a fleet of about 20 Town Cars and limousines, isn’t expecting a busy night.
“There aren’t that many bookings for Nov. 2,” he said. “Maybe there will be people booking last-minute, but it doesn’t look like it.”
And the excitement over election night apparently hasn’t reached American Spirit, the shop at Union Station where a beaming Sarah Palin cutout looms behind cutouts of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Manager Linda Williams said the midterms haven’t generated much excitement, or demand. “We haven’t gotten anything special in,” she said. “People haven’t seemed to want it.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.