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Last night I went to a Dem "house party" at a mobilehome park clubhouse. There were about 75 of us there, tending toward an older crowd but with several in their thirties, and several children, a few young adults. We had spaghetti, wine and beer, salad, bread, and even cake. It was fun being part of that. I went alone - I had meant to ask Paul but when I got home he was holed up in his room and didn't answer my knock. I had asked karen last week and she said she was interested, so I left a message for her but didn't hear from her. So I went alone. I met a few people there that I know, which was nice, and I got fired up again, which was, I believe, the purpose of the event. All of us listening to McCleland and then Kerry, and how good they were! I sat next to a Republican, a woman fed up with what Bush had done to her job.

I bought a T-shirt and a button. I volunteered. Recklessly. This won't be the last we hear of that, I'm certain.

Today I thought I should pack the T-shirt in with the other stuff I'm sending to Elaine, but I couldn't part with it without having one of my own. So tomorrow I'll see if I can find one at the Dem headquarters, if it's open. They cost more online than I paid last night. But I guess I could go for those if that's the choice.


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Jul. 30th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
I would like to know more about the Republican woman.
Jul. 30th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
She was middle-aged, whatever that means, has lived in this area for about a year. She said she lost a job where she was making $30 an hour and is now making $9, and she blames Bush. I suspect that first job went overseas.

She said she was not interested in the Bush bashing, although she certainly agrees that the man doesn't belong in the White House. She just turns it off. Wants more substance from Kerry. She wasn't sitting near me when Kerry spoke, but if she heard that speech I am betting it was what she was waiting for.

I am not big on bashing Republicans as a group, even though I can't imagine ever being one. I felt a little uncomfortable when I saw a T-shirt there with the Ten Top Reasons to Hate Republicans on it. The "hate" was crossed out, and "laugh at" was written in, I think by the woman wearing the shirt.

Many in the Dem community here don't seem to see the difference between calling Cheney an evil man and calling all Republicans evil. I do the one but not the other, and with good reason. My point being, of course, that if I had been that woman I wouldn't have appreciated that T-shirt. I think, though, that I would have worn my colors proudly, would have worn a shirt that said something like "Republican against Bush" or "Republican for Kerry".
Jul. 30th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree. We must convert the other side's supporters.
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