HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Rounding the Bases

Posted November 2, 2010 at 11:00am

Updated: 5:08 p.m.

We imagine Sen. Barbara Boxer is focused on her neck-and-neck battle against Republican opponent Carly Fiorina, but the California Democrat still took time Tuesday afternoon to salute the San Francisco Giants on their World Series championship.

Boxer joined her California colleague, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), in congratulating the Giants. The team beat the Texas Rangers to capture the title Monday night.

“I am so pleased to join millions of other baseball fans in California in congratulating the San Francisco Giants on becoming World Series Champions,” Boxer says. “Their historic season has brought great pride to San Francisco and to our state, and their determination and teamwork have made them the best in baseball.”

While Boxer’s congratulatory statement was pretty mundane, it appears that another Californian, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D), might be using the win to coyly hint that it’s a symbol of things to come for her party.

“It was a phenomenal team effort, filled with fantastic pitching, clutch hitting, and great fielding. Congratulations to Manager Bruce Bochy and the entire team — they surprised the skeptics with a great World Series victory. Victory is in the air,” Pelosi says in a statement.

Pelosi also notes that she’s looking forward to collecting on friendly wagers that she made with Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter (D) and Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) over the Giants’ series with the Philadelphia Phillies and Rangers, respectively.

Social Media Gets Even More Social

From Lady Gaga to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), anyone and everyone has been tweeting their thoughts this election season. Public affairs firm Story Partners has taken the trendy social media to a new level and planned an election watch party around it.

The firm has created a website to aggregate tweets throughout election night. Wiredelection.com, which went live Monday afternoon, compiles Tweets from the media, candidates and anyone who uses the hash tag #WEP2010. The short, wonky messages are displayed in real time alongside a chart displaying how many seats have been called.

“Story Partners’ Wired Election party will wire-in live updates from reporters, pollsters and even the candidates themselves from all over the country,” says Amos Snead, a principal with the firm.

Screens displaying the messages will be the centerpiece of a watch party held tonight at founder Gloria Dittus’s Kalorama home. “Be careful what you tweet out on election night; you might just have a room full of Washingtonians reading every word,” Snead says.

Did your invite to the swanky event get lost in the mail? Never fear — the site is open to anyone with an Internet connection.

Going Green

While Republicans and Democrats are hosting their election night soirées at posh Washington hotels — although we’re guessing the mood will be a tad different at the two events — the Green Party is also having a big party, only on the Internets.

How very green of them!

Party officials Starlene Rankin and Craig Seeman are scheduled to host an online livestream starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Rankin will be stationed in Sacramento and Seeman will be in New York, and each will interview Green Party candidates and pass along election night updates.

HOH’s Election Night Coverage

Heard on the Hill will be making stops at several election night watch parties throughout Washington on Tuesday night and will periodically update Roll Call’s website with sights and sounds from the evening. We’ll also be regularly updating our Twitter feed, @heardonthehill.

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