Pro-Clinton Democrats leave national conference for Republican hosted happy hour
"Four years ago, if you said we'd be at a Hillary happy hour at the DNC, I would have called you crazy. But today is a great opportunity for people who ... agree that Sen. Barack Obama doesn't have the experience to be president of the United States," said McCain campaign regional communications director Tom Kise.
The common theme that has united Republicans and Democrats isn't something noble, such as world peace or environmental responsibility. No, what has caused the left and right to clasp hands and raise a glass together is a shared dislike of Barack Obama's presidential candidacy. Was the drink of choice at this happy hour gathering a big glass of whine made from sour grapes?
As Michelle Obama was giving her "One Nation" unity speech in a downtown Denver cafe, disenfranchised Clinton supporters were breaking party ranks and drinking with the enemy. Some disgruntled Clinton supporters appear to be switching party allegiances and voting for the enemy as well.
"I'm a registered Republican ... for the first time in my voting life," Archuleta said. "No Obama for me. I'm voting for John McCain."
"He reminds me of what the Jimmy Carter era was like. ... If they think Jimmy Carter had it bad, just wait if Obama gets into the White House. That will be bad news in so many ways," she added.
What is it about Obama that has so many Democrats and Republicans alike, up in arms? Obama's lack of political experience seems to be the uniting factor. The message of change that has been the cornerstone of Obama's campaign is seen as naive and redundant by many Democrats and Republicans.
Leland Kritt, a McCain supporter who made his way to Denver from Los Angeles, California, said Obama's message of 'change' is simply flawed.
"The simple fact remains, change will occur anyway, no matter who the president is. For every man, woman and child, change will happen. Question is: who is best able to handle that change?" the 51-year-old Republican said.
The Republican Party has been aggressively courting Clinton supporters ever since Obama won the Democratic candidacy. Efforts further intensified when Obama announced Sen. Joseph Biden as his running mate.
As the Democratic Convention was kicking off, the Republican Party was banking on the upset over the Obama-Biden ticket by running campaign commercials geared toward Clinton supporters. The ads, which use Clinton's "3 a.m." spot as a foundation, are set to run in the regions that have been most unsettled by the Obama-Clinton party divide, like Denver and New York.