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Campaigning in the Club 

QC After Dark

Recently, people were partying and politicing at The Forum for a John Edwards 2008 campaign trail stop.

Just as a disclaimer, I am a product of nightlife, not a cheerleader for politicians -- the only politicking I was doing was in the form of socializing. I may not belong to a political party, but I'm all about partying.

With that said, John Edward's party was essentially a "vote for me," Bush-bashing brouhaha. Instead of the Dixie Chicks, there was Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band serenading the supporters toasting to anti-war sentiments. Tinsley was working his dreads like he was working his violin. I'm not quite sure who has a bigger following, Edwards or DMB, for which his campaign entertainment is a part of ... but judging from the crowd, I vote the band. Perhaps that could have something to do with the fact that tickets were $50 and $500 to sit in the V.I.P. Obviously, it wasn't your typical Forum crowd; the crowd was paying to party for the sake of cumulating funds in operation elect John Edwards.

Edwards announced his plans for his ground up grassroots campaign. His sales pitch for support promises an America that is patriotic about something other than war, such as health care for all citizens and the prevention of global warming. But unlike Al Gore, he didn't have a slide show ... about global warming at least.

On a side note, I have my own campaign (which is actually just an idea) that correlates to the global warming issue -- recycling in Uptown bars and restaurants? Whenever I am out in Uptown, I see trash bins full of bottles that look to me like a glass-recycling bin; yet, it gets thrown into a general dumpster? (Because I am not seeing too many earth-friendly dumpsters around.) If we had more recycling dumpsters, it would make it more convenient for the bar backs and bussers to merely throw the already separated alcohol container recycling in the recycling bin rather than the trash. Call me a hippie if you want, but I've seen An Inconvenient Truth.

Anyway, rumors circulated that George Clooney would be present at the political party, but he was a no-show due to production demands for his film Leatherheads filming down in Greenville, S.C. But expect to see him, and perhaps Renee Zellweger as well, out and about infiltrating the Q.C. nightlife scene -- the production is moving to Charlotte's Memorial Stadium in April.

In conclusion, I am serious about the recycling. Like Edward's slide show stated, "you have to be the change you want to see in this world."

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