I was told that a group of folks that work at Lou CorreaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s election office had said that they were hesitant to come out and socialize with the big group of liberals at Drinking Liberally (every Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. at Memphis Bar in Santa Ana). They were tentative mainly because they knew that many of us had supported Tom Umbeg in the June primary, and they werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t certain that we would be welcoming.
My short answer: of course we would be welcoming. The Drinking Lib. posse is so diverse that you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to worry about such a thing.
My long answer: It sucks that their hesitation isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t unsubstantiated. Politicos (including my friends on the left) are really good at holding grudges.
The November election, however, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t getting any further away. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely time to put aside any grudges we might have and start focusing on helping our party succeed.
I know that in a perfect world, every single Dem that ran for office would agree with all of us on every issue. But as most of you know, our world is less than perfect.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve all got our own pet issuesÃ¢â‚¬â€issues that are really near and dear to our heartsÃ¢â‚¬â€and it is easy (really easy) to be critical of a Democratic candidate based solely on his or her position on our pet issues. But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pre-primary b.s.