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Clinton Cocktail Hour: My baby just cares for me

SUSA has Hillary winning handily in IN tomorrow but there is still much consternation about North Carolina. SUSA has her trailing by 5, and really, that’s not bad. In a state where Obama was supposed to blow her out of the water, it looks like the extra scheduled events helped tremendously. Obama, oddly, had only one closed door meeting today in NC. Anyone care to speculate what that’s all about? Chris Matthews covered Bill Clinton;s numerous campaign stops in North Carolina today, as did David Shuster. He does his stump speech for her on some person’s porch. No big arena or theater. Just a porch and some neighbors, times 11, all across the state. Garychapelhill says his last stop tonight is Raleigh and his partner will be there. I can’t wait for the update later tonight.

In the meantime, welcome to the Clinton Cocktail Party. This is the time of day where we celebrate a healthy campaign season with our friends and soon-to-be friends. The bar is to the left of the door. Rico is glad to be back bartending on a regular basis. Tonight, his featured cocktail is the Carolina with plenty of champagne. But you can order anything you like.

North Carolina has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to musicians. It’s pretty amazing actually. Among the best are John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and Tory Amos. Our musician tonight is the feisty Nina Simone. Born in North Carolina in the era of segregation, she was a gifted pianist. When she was a teenager, she gave a recital for her town. Her parents sat in the front row until they were asked to move to the back to accomodate a white couple. She refused to play unless they were moved back. That’s pretty gutsy for a kid and she never lost that spirit, being an activist in the civil rights movement all her life. Here she is doing an unusual take on one of her signature songs.

We love guests and want to keep the bar fights to a minimum. So please consider checking your discouraging words with Florence our lovely check room attendant. The waiters will be circulating shortly with spicy shrimp on creamy grits, mini corndogs and pickled okra. Please drink responsibly and tip your wait staff generously.

Cocktail Hour: Indiana Pale Moon and Stardust

Only two more days until the Indiana primary.  Hillary and Bill have been running a marathon. No, make that an Iron Man trialthlon to reach as many voters as they can and bypass the media filter that remains steadfastly in Obama’s court.  It’s hard to believe our sticker still has this much of an uphill fight after all of the “must win” states she’s added to her column.  But she’s not giving up and neither are we.  We’re here til the very end, climbing that mountain with her.

Welcome to the Clinton Cocktail Hour.  This is the time the day when we beat our pens into swizzle sticks and relax with friends.  Our bar is to the left of the door.  Our bartender, as always, is Rico.  Watch his flair.  Tonight he is featuring the Indy Melonade as his special cocktail, but you can order anything you like.

Indiana was home to the composer of the music we are listening to tonight.  Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael, Bloomington, Indiana’s native son, wrote the American standard Stardust.  It’s melody meanders, swooping up and down on tinkling piano to a sweet resolution.  It’s lovely.  And so is this song, The Nearness of You, sung by our brown-eyed beauty, Norah Jones.

We welcome Obamaphiles to stay and celecrate but everyone should know that it isn’t polite to use your trigger words at a cocktail party.  So please check them with our lovely checkroom attendent, Florence.  The waiters will be circulating with and assortment of fine popcorns, plain, buttered and seasoned.   Please dring responsibly and tip your wait staff generously.

Clinton Cocktail Hour- Somewhere between a Tiki bar and Margaritaville

parrotheadsAre there any Parrotheads out there? Come on, ‘fess up. I’ve heard that Jimmy Buffet concerts are a blast. My cousins in Pittsburgh go whenever he’s in town. There’s dancin’ and drinkin’ and more drinkin’. And lots of good food in the parking lot tailgate parties. Plus, audience participation, singing along to “Margaritaville” and “Why Don’t We Get Drunk And…”

Did I mention there was drinkin’?

And besides Margaritas, what else would you drink at a Jimmy Buffet concert but a Hurricane? The home of the Hurricane is Pat O’Brien’s Restaurant in New Orleans. Last time I was in New Orleans to attend a professional conference, I took my Mom with me and we stepped out into the French Quarter a couple of nights. If you’ve never been to the French Quarter and Bourbon Street, let’s just say that Mardi Gras in New Orleans is never *completely* over come Ash Wednesday. There’s a lot of people meandering down Bourbon street with their Hurricanes in their hands and stupid smiles on their faces.

We met up with some friends and new acquaintances at Pat’s and then went to Preservation Hall not far away. Even before Katrina, the French Quarter was premeated with the strong sense of decay and things falling away. It’s shabby chic, peeling paint and drapey old trees. Contrary to what you may expect, Preservation Hall is not like the Carnegie Hall of Dixieland jazz. It’s more like the living room of some decrepit old southern shotgun mansion. The place is dark and dank and you have to sit on small wooden benches and it smells a little like pee and liquor. But the music is jumping and the musicians sit back in their wooden chairs and play like “ain’t nobody’s business if I do”. Each one takes a turn while the others take a break to wipe the sweat from their faces or sit patiently with their trumpets on their knees. Then they all join together for one last cacophony and musical gumbo. It’s divine.

That night, my Mom was accompanied everywhere by a nice looking man her own age that my friends and I had met during the conference. He had his left arm stuck in his pocket and I sometimes got a glimpse of the stump that was at the end of it. We drank some Hurricanes and bar hopped to hear some Zeidico. On the way, the man lured my mother into one of the ubiquitous adult toy stores on Bourbon Street. I tried to warn her before she went in but she was paying no attention to me. So, I waited outside for her. A few minutes later, she flew out of the store clearly shocked by what she’d seen. I asked one of my boy scout friends to take her back to my hotel and we partied without her.

The next morning, I asked her what had gone on in the store and she said the man said he would buy her anything she wanted so she bolted. I laughed and said something about I never expected that from such a shy guy with one hand. She looked at me funny and said, “He only had one hand?”

Did I mention there was drinkin’?

Hey, here’s the recipe for the Pat O’Brien Hurricane. This is an easy one to make virgin for those of you in recovery. It sounds like it would be just as tasty with iced tea instead of dark rum.

Hurricane Recipe

1 ounce fresh lemon juice
4 ounces dark rum
4 ounces passion fruit syrup
Crushed ice
Orange slice
Maraschino Cherry

In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice, rum, passion fruit syrup, and crushed ice; shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes and then strain into a tall glass or hurricane glass.

Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Please drink responsibly and tip your wait staff generously. (Didja see Rico’s flair?)

PS. If you feel so inclined, the good people of New Orleans have a project you might like called, Make It Right. Show Brad a little love.

The Cocktail Hour- Valentine’s Day Edition

cocktailWell, it’s *almost* here. Why wait until Wednesday to eat chocolate? Actually, I don’t think there is a bad time to eat chocolate. It’s like champagne. As Madame Lily Bollinger once said:

I drink champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.

Welcome to the Clinton Cocktail Hour. This is the party where we put down our poison pens and pick up a glass to each other. Our party is rather swank tonight. We’ve let our bartender Rico take the night off so he and Florence can have a little fun. But we have a nice selection of champagnes and cavas.

Or, for something a little different, let me tell you about the flavors of Mehndi, a restaurant in Morristown, NJ with the most amazing bar, SM23. The restaurant features Northern Indian food. Not too hot but more of the tandoori style. The freshness and aromaticity of the spices are married in the cocktails. Each one of these finely crafted little beauties sparkles with unusual ingredients, like chili, burnt lemon, fresh ginger root and green apple. Tonight’s featured drink is:

Pink Grapefruit & Rose Mojito
slapped mint leaves and pink grapefruit
muddled with rose syrup, then shaken with ten
cane rum and ruby red grapefruit juice – served
long over crushed ice

But you can order anything you like.

Tonight, the lights are turned down in our cocktail lounge. There are intimate banquettes, shimmering cocktail glasses in amber candlelight and the lush sounds of Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane.

This old favorite goes out to Hillary and her sax playing partner.

Raindrops from around the web

Thanks to all you readers who sent me suggestions on who to include on the blogroll. Every single one of them has been worth reading. Here are a couple of posts from the blogroll that are worth a read:

Let’s assume that come the general election, Hillary wins the states she has won and loses the states Obama has won. Similarly, Obama wins the states he has won so far and loses the states Hillary has won. Do the math and tell me who is the more viable candidate.

Hillary — 205 Electoral votes (FL, NH, AR, NV, MI, NY, NJ, TN MA, OK, CA, AZ)
Obama — 110 Electoral votes (IA, MO, GA, SC, ID, NM, AL, IL, AK, KS, UT, DE, ND, MN)
If you are math challenged, you are an Obama supporter

THIS is why we have Superdelegates. They do the math so we don’t have to. (Clinton people had this figured out on Tuesday night. And they said Obama has all the smart college edumacated supporters.)

  • This post at Shakesville, “Damned if you do…” by Melissa McKewn, explains the unacknowledged morass going on in many women’s heads this primary season. Just go read it. And mum’s the word.
  • The Clinton Cocktail Hour was a response to a challenge that Kos made to us poor Clinton supporters on DKos. He implied we didn’t have any friends or places to go, so we created one. Since my exile, the Cocktail Hour has lived on, tended diligently by the remnant of Hillary supporters who put up with the crazies on our behalf. I like having Cocktail Hour here as well or at least Nightcaps and I see that people are checking them out. But few people post and that sort of defeats the purpose of having cocktails in the first place. So, I’d like your advice. Should it stay or should it go? And if it stays, what day of the week is good? And finally, does anyone have any good cocktail music to recommend? I will take requests.
  • We are here and there. I suspect we’re a much greater number of bloggers and readers than our anemic numbers at DailyKos would indicate. If you are a reader and you feel that you’ve been thrown out of your tribe, never fear, you are in very good company. Obamagasms can’t last forever. And in the meantime, we are building a stable alternative blogoverse to carry on when the Big Blog Stores become mere shadows of their former selves. We will find each other, like rain, coalescing into streams, seeking the path of least resistance and merging into one mighty river. Hang in there.

The Cocktail Hour- Super Tuesday

RicoUpdate: Dear Friends, it looks like NBC has called it for NJ. With 36 %, Hillary leads 56% to Obama’s 42%. She’s doing very well in a lot of other states as well. It is a blowout in NJ. It’s not even close. Do me a favor: don’t gloat. The Obamaphiles are in for a severe shock to the system. Try to be nice. Delegates are awarded proportionally so this is still a competitive race. Don’t rest on your laurels. Don’t burn your bridges.

Polls are closed here in NJ. Many thanks to all of those who went to the polls today to take our country back. I’ve been on pins and needles all day and getting really anxious. Let’s unwind together and watch the returns.

Welcome to the Cocktail Hour, that time of the day when we beat our swords into swizzle sticks and toast one another for a job well done. I am your hostess, Goldberry. To the left of the door is the bar with our faithful, friendly, bartender with flair, Rico. Tonight’s featured drink is a *Mojito Diablo*, for those of you ready to make a Faustian bargain to see Hillary elected. But you can order anything you like.

Tonight’s featured singer is Madeline Peyroux, a modern chanteuse who channels Billy Holiday. You can find her CD, Half the Perfect World at amazon or iTunes.

Here’s a nice little cut from the CD:

Trigger words are definitely not in fashion these days, so if you are embarrassed to be seen with them, feel free to leave them off with our lovely Check Room attendant Florence.

The waiters will be circulating with some jalapeno poppers, shrimp diavolo and pineapple-jalapeno-mint salsa.

Please drink responsibly and tip your wait staff generously.

The Cocktail Hour

rico.jpgHi and welcome to the Cocktail Hour, that time of the day when we raise our glasses, instead of our voices, to one another. I am your hostess, Goldberry.

The big showdown happens next week. It’s a little scary. I’m afraid to watch. But if we all hold hands, I’m sure we’ll cross this street in one piece.

To the left of the door is Rico, our bartender with flair! Stop and say hello. Tonight’s featured drink is a *California Dream* . Tequila, yummmm… But you can order anything you like, we’re accomodating.

Tonight’s entertainment is Stan Getz. His compilation of cool jazz mixed with bop and swing, West Coast Jazz, can be found on iTunes or amazon. Here’s Stan Getz and John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson together covering the East Coast with Hackensack (NJ!) Rifftide:

Be careful not to flip your trigger. Those words can’t hold their liquor. Feel free to check your trigger words with Florence, our lovely check room attendant.

The waiters will be circulating soon with some empanadas, marcona almonds and mini-quesadillas with a selection of salsas.

Please drink responsibly and tip your wait staff generously.


Evening Cocktails- bon soir

RicoHi guys! Welcome to the Clinton Cocktail Hour, the online party for all Democrats who want to kick back and relax from a hard days blogging. I’m your hostess, Goldberry.

Please introduce yourself to Rico, our bartender with flair who is located just to the left of the door. Tonight’s featured drink is a Campari Martini. I thought the color would go well with our musical entertainment tonight, Pink Martini. Their CD of modern lounge, Sympathique, can be found at iTunes and amazon. Here is the title cut from the CD:

Since we’re highlighting the French tonight, who are masters of diplomacy, you might like to hang up your trigger words and our lovely checkroom attendant, Florence, would be happy to assist you.

The waiters will be circulating shortly with a selection of fine French raw milk cheeses, mushroom ragout on toast and a nice fois gras. Oh, and there’s Icelandic smoked salmon for Oldpro.

Please drink responsibility and tip your wait staff generously.

Topic for tonight: Maureen Dowd- Republican or just a pain-in-the-ass?