In lieu of a QOTD, a little virtual gathering spot for Hot Air regulars to watch the ball drop together. From all of us to all of you, thanks so much for reading this year. While we wait for the clock to roll past an essentially arbitrary point in time, entertain yourselves with WaPo’s chart of how America’s drink preferences correspond to political preferences. Republicans like their whiskey; Democrats, true to communist form, prefer vodka; and centrists choose Malibu Coconut. True story: In my younger years, I once drank a whole bottle of the stuff. That’s how RINOism starts, my friends. Warn your children.

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without predictions so let me offer you my traditional warm eeyorish tidings: This is going to be the worst year evah.