With the way the tap is flowing, you’d think the 2009 St. Petersburg Mayoral Campaign was being sponsored by Budweiser or Miller Lite or Guinness? Well, probably not Guinness, because the words “brilliant” and “St. Pete politics” aren’t often used in the same sentence.
As if politicians were not already associated with heavy drinking (those busted capillaries don’t just spring up naturally), now we have local candidates just drinkin’ and campaignin’ their way into voters’ hearts. Well, friends don’t let candidates campaign and bartend, so someone should tell Jamie Bennett, Larry Williams and the rest of these stiffs to get from behind the bar.
Not just because it’s insulting to voters to see their next mayor slingin’ gin, but because it’s insulting to bartenders for them to be lumped in with politicians. Bartenders listen, politicians talk. Bartenders work, politicians, well, they do whatever it is politicians do. And if politicians had to depend on tips, instead of campaign contributions, there’d be no money to finance campaigns.
So let’s put a prohibition (get it?) on any more candidates guest bartending.