The game plan: First drink at 10 a.m., followed by seven hours of sousing and meditation on the mystic teachings of Dan Rather, at which point it’ll be time for the exit polls and then events will begin in earnest. To belabor a point I made on Sunday, the four-state cluster of Indiana, Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina that comes in between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. will tell us what we need to know. If Maverick takes all four, he’s got a real shot; if he takes three, he’s alive but nearing the brink; any worse than that and the reaper cometh.

Nothing to do now until late afternoon except worry. What’s your agenda for the day? To focus your mind, I offer you two clips. You’ll be seeing one of them again later.