Liberals Plan Big Bash to Watch Thrilla in Oxford
Even until a few moments ago when John McCain announced he would show up after all to debate Barack Obama in Mississippi, political junkies were still moving ahead with plans to hold mega debate watch parties tonight.
One in particular promises to be especially raucous. Organized by a gathering of liberal movers and shakers calling themselves the "Progressive Happy Hour Crew," the shindig is shaping up to be the biggest of all parties to watch the first presidential debate, at least the biggest in Washington.
As of this morning, more than 300 liberal influentials (and assorted Republicans looking for a good time) planned to gather at the Left Bank club in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood, regardless of whether there would be a debate to watch. Now that the showdown is back on, there'll likely be even more folks turning out.
One of the organizers of the party, Brian Komar, an activist at the lefty think tank Center for American Progress, sent this message to invitees on Facebook Thursday:
"You can run... but you cannot hide. McCain's pathetic political ploy to ctrl-alt-delete his campaign from its current tailspin may work in postponing the debate...but it will not postpone our fun or our organizing efforts to help turn Virginia Blue. The Debate Watch/DJ party will go on even if McCain is a no-show." Komar linked to this story in his message.
The $10 entry fee goes to support get-out-the-vote efforts in the battleground state of Virginia. So far, close to 300 folks have said they'll be attending tonight's debate party.
But at other Democratic-organized debate watch parties around the country tonight, the money will go to benefit... Barack Obama. Thanks to his wife, Michelle Obama.
The would-be first lady sent out an email to supporters this week -- before McCain suggested scrapping the debate -- saying, "This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the issues. And it's also a great opportunity for you to share Barack's message of change with your friends, family, and neighbors by attending or hosting a Debate Watch Party."
And what that really means, as explained in this "debate host guide" is: have a fun debate watch party and, oh, while you're at it, raise some cash for the campaign.
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