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The Clinton Cocktail Party- Aguas de Marco

woman-with-cocktail-glass-and-rose-is611-019.jpgMaybe it’s cabin fever and being too cooped up that makes me long for spring. This year’s March however, seems to be approaching with alarming rapidity. Like a final exam or the GRE or some other high level test we need to pass in order to get on with our life plans. And how many of us have sat around thinking of that test with trepidation, rolling thoughts of self-doubt around in our heads, waking up in the dead of night a little panicked? Did you ever have one of those dreams that you’re late for your final and you can’t find the room because you skipped the class all semester?

Hmmmm. Test anxiety. I think we can thank our opposition in both parties for that. But before we psych ourselves out, let’s reflect on the lessons we’ve learned and remember that, besides being a formidable and mature debater, our gal was one hell of a gracious lady on Thursday. This isn’t a popularity contest. It is a fight we must wage for the life of our country. In extending her hand in solidarity with Obama, Hillary showed true leadership by putting the country foremost in our minds and asking us to focus on that instead of the fortunes of either candidate.

She passed the presidential leadership test with flying colors and she did it with confidence. Let us likewise banish our feelings of doubt. We will get through this together. Hillary is the real uniter.

Welcome to the Clinton Clocktail Hour. This is the time where we congratulate each other for another week of fighting the good fight and we beat our swords into swizzle sticks. Our bar is located to the left of the door. Our bartender with flair tonight is Rico. Stop and say hello and maybe order one of our featured cocktails for tonight, a *Caipirinha*, but you can order anything you like.

Our singers tonight, Elis Regina and Tom Jobim, made this recording of the poem Aguas de Marco (Waters of March) in 1974. I love its bossa nova beat and the ending that reminds me of water tumbling and swirling. The song is about the end of summer in Brazil but here in the northern hemisphere, March is the end of the beginning, the herald of spring. In any case, I like to look forward to the waters of March, the return of green, the sound of birds, the fall of the rain. Maybe the song will inspire you write your own poetry.

I know I can count on you ladies and gents to keep your trigger words to yourselves but if you find them too embarrassing to carry around, please leave them with Florence, our lovely check room attendant. The waiters will be circulating soon with some marinated spring lamb lollipops, assorted cheeses and artichoke bruschetta on flatbread. Please drink responsibly and tip your wait staff generously.


Hey, did you know there is a satellite party at Taylor Marsh’s blog at 5pm PST (8pm EST)?

Cocktail hour

RicoYeah, Florida! Home of “The Mouse” and green slime. May your delegates be seated. Now, onto SuperDuper Tuesday!

Welcome everyone to the Clinton Cocktail Hour. I am your hostess, Goldberry. This is the time of day when we remember we’re all on the same side and we toast each other. To the left of the door, you will find Rico, our bartender with flair! Tonight’s featured cocktail is a *Jersey Girl*, which, I guess is what I am after all these years. But if that’s not to your liking, order anything you like.

Tonight’s entertainment is provided by a musician who’s no stranger to progressives, Bruce Springsteen. You can find his new CD Magic at iTunes or amazon. This is the title cut:

If this were summer, I’d offer you some sunwarmed Jersey tomatoes and tree ripened white peaches and we’d eat them on the Jersey side of the Delaware after floating down the river on our innertubes with sixpacks of beer strapped to the side. But it’s winter and it’s cold and dreary outside so we need something warm and toasty. The waiters will be circulating shortly with some crispy fried calamari with marinara and asparagus tempura with citrus-cilantro ponzu for the vegans.

Trigger words really aren’t practical in a bar so feel free to hang them up, along with your dripping umbrella, with Florence, our lovely checkroom attendant.

Please drink responsibly and tip your wait staff generously.