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The Clinton Cocktail Hour- Never Surrender!

cocktailMark Twain once said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Actually, that’s a pretty funny quote when you think about it. Is it possible to exaggerate the report of a death? You’re either dead or not dead. It’s no exaggeration to say one or the other. Or are the “reports” greatly exaggerated? Were there an excess number of reports of Twain’s non-death? And if so, why were so many people anxious to report that he’d “bought the farm”, joined the choir invisible, become an ex-humorist?

Likewise, we’ve heard a lot about Hillary’s imminent demise although Peggy Noonan is simultaneously complaining in the Wall Street Journal that Hillary stubbornly refuses to eat her poison mushrooms and stay dead. Even bloggers on our own side are keeping a death watch and counting the delegates to the point where they can pull the sheet up over her campaign’s still warm phone banking lists. She’s like the guy slung over the back of the Holy Grail’s Bring Out Your Dead plague scene. His claims of “I’m not dead yet” and “I’m feeling better. I think I’ll take a walk” are met with “Don’t be such a baby” and a wink and a nod to the cart pusher to put the guy out of our misery.

Well, she’s not dead yet. She’s very much alive and leading in the big states that are left. And as we’ve seen in several states where she’s been slightly behind, the undecideds make up their minds as they pull the voting booth curtain closed. And she usually gets their votes because they know her brand name. It’s got the quality seal of approval.

So, let’s dedicate this Cocktail Hour to a vigorous and lively primary season. Put away your malice and mallets. Buy your friends and enemies a round and let’s celebrate. Everyone is welcome. To the left of the door is Rico, our bartender with flair! Tonight’s featured cocktail is a *Lust for Life*, but you can order anything you like.

Our singer tonight used to sing with her cousins, the Pips, but these days, Gladys Knight is delving into the rich repetoire of the first female jazz singers. Her new CD, Before Me , can be found at iTunes or amazon.com. Here’s a cut from that CD that I think goes particularly well with tonight’s theme:

Trigger words have been known to get in the way of scintillating conversation, so feel free to leave them with our lovely check room attendant, Florence. The waiters will be circulating in a minute with some piggy back dates, baba ganouj topped baby new potatoes and lobster ravioli.

Please drink responsibly and top your wait staff generously.

By the way:  If you don’t have time to share a drink right now, Taylor Marsh has graciously offered to host the party at her site tonight at 5pm PST (8pm EST).