Sunday, October 1, 2006

Not cool enough for "Drinking Liberally"?!?

I didn't know it was possible to be snubbed by liberals, but guess what folks, it is. I have now attempted three times to be a part of Drinking Liberally-Denver and three times have been snubbed by the leader. Apparently being liberal doesn't mean being friendly or inclusive. Sad.

I'm putting them on notice...drop the judgmental act or you might as well vote Republican.

8 comments:

codown2earth said...

I have run into many a self-proclaimed liberal with a very narrow mind. However, regarding DL-From what I hear you aren't missing much except some youngsters who are a bit too unripe. I have put them on notice.

rebeckspe said...

I find this post interesting because I signed up for the DL email list at the Highlands Street Fair and once again online, and never received any emails. While I've threatened to go to DL events, I've never actually made it to one.

DenverHotPants said...

DL is a pathetic group of political newbies. I've gone. Not impressed at all. Boring waste of time. Want to do something meaninful? Canvass and Phone Bank from now until the election. You can contact me if you are looking for something to do.

ChristianLiberalChic said...

Glad to hear it's not just me...and it sounds like it's not worth going back. Let me know if you run across anything similar without the drippy personalities.

DenverHotPants said...

Let the DL smear campaign begin!

Kath said...

This is interesting feedback.

As a newbie to Denver, I was welcomed with open arms. Have gone to almost every DL meeting since mid-April. It's a fun group and very interesting as well.

Instead of 'threatening' to show up, why not just show up? You might have fun!

Double Daughters on Market street the 2nd and 4th Weds of each month in between 16th and 17th from 7:30pm onwards. Back of the bar, up the stairs.

See ya there!

Drinking Liberally Denver said...

Hi,

I'm not quite sure what I did to snub you. I've never kicked anyone out (yet), there's no secret handshake, and I try to say Hi and start conversations whenever new faces show up. However, when there's a good sized crowd I can't meet everyone. Sometimes one needs to introduce themselves to others and start up their own conversation. If I said something you don't agree with, well, that's life. Opinions are like belly-buttons; everyone has one and they all look a little different. If you didn't like the opinions of others you spoke with at a DL event, well, see my previous comment about belly-buttons.

To rebeckspe:
Sorry about that. There were a number of email addresses on those sheets at the end of the day that were just unreadable to me. You can sign up to the Denver chapter list from the front page of drinkingliberally.org. I tend to send about one reminder or recap email per week. Most of those are also copied to the forum section of drinkingliberally.org.

To DenverHotPants:
Yes, I'm a political newbie. I suppose I should be sorry I didn't get involved in politics sooner, but I didn't. Among the more seasoned professionals among our regulars are a Congressional campaign deputy director, the Colorado Democratic Party's IT director, the recent Jefferson County GOTV coordinator, and many others. DL has two main goals: to give liberals of all experience levels a fun social meeting place and to get newbies into the fold (again with something that's not a stuffy meeting with Roberts Rules of Order) and active. Thus we're going to have a lot of noobs around. At many events and on the email list, I've often sent information along on different fundraisers, GOTV, and other political events - but we don't coordinate them. It's provided as information only so as to not run afoul of FEC rules. If you're lacking for something political to do, chances are someone else at a DL event can point you in a good direction.

In response to the general derision I'll add that our email list is now over 500 people and I can count on one hand the number of folks who have unsubscribed. Our big party a few weeks ago at the Flying Dog Brewery drew in a crowd of over 130. We must be doing something right.

-johne

300 Spartans Gym said...

ChristianLiberalChic, I, too, would be interested to know how you were "snubbed." Everytime I've been to DL, the regulars have been friendly and the atmosphere has been laid-back.

DenverHotPants, the regulars at DL may not be high-powered political operatives. But a lot stop by, including many national and state-level candidates. DL doesn't replace canvassing and phone banking. It's just a place to have a beer and talk politics and policy.