RICHBORO - Pucker up.Great work everyone (but as always, don’t forget the “ic,” Neil).
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama supporters put their differences aside and put their efforts together to fight against the Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain come November.
About 100 Bucks County Democrats met at Patagonia Restaurant in Richboro Thursday night to “kiss and make up.”
At the casual meeting, they recapped Tuesday's Pennsylvania primaries results and even started preliminary brainstorming on how to unite the rest of county Democrats and reel in Republicans and Independent voters to support the Democratic candidate in the fall.
“The Republicans want to get rid of the middle class,” said Paul Lang, deputy chairman of the Democratic Party in Bucks County. “We are the party of the middle class. We have been and always will.” Locally, Lang campaigned for Clinton.
“Well said brother,” said Neil Samuels, deputy chairman of the Bucks County Democratic Committee, as he shook Lang's hand. Samuels helped organized the Obama campaign in Bucks.
Shortly after, the two kissed on the cheek and hugged.
“There, we kissed and made up,” Lang joked.
The two men plan to use the county's Democratic unity and spread it to the other 66 counties in Pennsylvania.
“I don't believe in the premise that the Democratic Party is split,” Samuels said. “Together we made Bucks County a blue county because we worked together, hand-in-hand to register people Democrat. There are few differences between [Clinton and Obama] and that's what people are concentrating on. We really are not split.”
Just two steps away, Diane Gatley and Irene Boyle sat at the bar sipping drinks discussing their political differences.
“We're still trying to convince each other,” said Gatley, who is an Obama supporter.
The Warminister resident was first a Sen. John Edwards supporter and it took her months before she made up her mind between Clinton and Obama. Gatley said her mind was made up when Clinton clapped with other Democrats when President George W. Bush said “We have al-Qaida running” during his State of the Union speech. She said Obama didn't.
Boyle didn't need any convincing. From the start, she has been a Clinton supporter.
“I believe in her leadership, experience and her ability,” Boyle said, adding that if Obama had more experience her decision would have been harder.
Boyle has read both of Obama's books and when rumors spread that he was Muslim, the Middletown resident defended him.
“It's a matter of getting the facts right,” she said. “He didn't deserve that. I knew what the truth was.”
The two women agree in universal health care and that President Bill Clinton's administration was well run.
“We agree that it's either Clinton or Obama,” Boyle said. “The country needs change and direction.”
“We know there won't be a dream ticket,” Gatley said. “And we don't want a McBush administration running our country.”
Friday, April 25, 2008
A Lesson For Us All In This Election
Before we read too much more from the Beltway gasbags and other self-styled know-it-alls about how much we Democrats are tearing each other to pieces in this primary and how we’re proving ourselves to be blinkered narcissists incapable of governing ourselves or anyone else over the Clinton vs. Obama smackdown (as noted here by one of the most infamous practitioners in our corporate media, Joke Line by name), take a look at this…