With h brown
Court Jester reviews Derse send-off
March 16, 2007
"You better save that speech. you're gonna need to give
it again in a few weeks in New Hampshire."
(Jester to Nicole Derse)
Nicole Derse is the real deal. Not a devious bone in her body.
Her enthusiasm and optimism are genuine. Honest, loving and generous?
It's not often that someone with those kinds of handicaps succeeds
in the world of politics.
She was just hired by the Barack Obama campaign and will blast
off for New Hampshire on Monday where we all know she will wow
Team Obama in short order. But first, the going-away party.
And, the goodbye speech. That was the one I commented on in
the lead here. She said a heartfelt, "Thank you all for everything
" thing, but not one of the 100 people there believed
they'd seen the last of her. That's why I told her that she'd
soon be headed back to play a part in Senator Obama's California
campaign. For 2 reasons.
First, and most obviously, yesterday the Governator signed
legislation moving the California presidential primary from
June, back to February 5th. That means that California will finally
have its rightful impact in the primary season and a clever Obama
staff should quickly move to have the alternative political culture
maven, Derse on stage with him at Northern California events.
Second? Hmmm, got distracted there. See, first again. Yeah,
I can probably best communicate why this is important
to the Obama campaign by describing last night's party for Nicole.
San Francisco Green Party
(the tail that wags alternative media dog)
I don't know how many votes Nicole Derse is worth in New Hampshire,
but her connections to the local alternative media could make
her worth a quarter of a million votes in San Francisco.
The most creative online sites call San Francisco home. They'll
all be churning out tons of copy for this presidential race and
Obama is going to need someone they trust as a specific contact
to that sector. You send any of us communications from local machine
big wigs and they'll go in the trash.
Mark my words, Eric Drooker designed posters should be plastered
on billboards and bumper stickers from Bangor, Maine to San Diego.
Luke Thomas photos should be the staple campaign offering to outlets
from Time magazine to Rolling Stone. Both of these guys are the
best in the world at what they do and they are both home ported
in San Francisco and have supported lefty causes with their time
Promote the Gallery
For last night at least, 'The Space Gallery' (1141 Polk (377-3325)
was a kind of vegetarian biker bar, if you know what I mean.
Yeah, only instead of a long row of Harleys lined up at the
curb, there were dozens of bicycles chained to signs, utilities
and each other along the gritty Tenderloin sidewalk.
It's a snug two story structure where the ancient glass door
is framed with black, petal-like fingers that reach gently out
over the smooth transparent entry behind which Tim Paulson, current
head of the SF Labor Council shook his gray haired booty to a
driving Hip Hop beat as SEIU's Robert Haaland laughed and applauded
in from the sidelines.
The pattern from the discretely decorated front door, transitioned
easily into the dark, wrought-iron rail of the small winding staircase
where SFUsual Suspect's honcho, Alex Clemens held court on an
impromptu stage at the right-hand twist in the simple yet elegant
structure. I talked to Alex for awhile about duty and honor and
the destiny of man and then, of course, about pussy. He allowed
that, even though he did have a kind of yen for a specific lady
at this point but that he wasn't going to mention her name because
he knew I'd print it. He was right too. I'm terrible at keeping
SFUsualSuspect Alex Clemens (far right) sits in on a meeting with
Supervisor Chris Daly and downtown high-rise developers yesterday.
Matt Gonzalez and honey, Cat
Raushuber, climbed the stairs past us slowly, careful not
to spill their wine while Clemens and I sipped from my secreted
flask of bourbon (no hard spirits on sale). I smiled and greeted
Cat and grunted at Matt.
There were around 100 people, I'd guess. The downstairs maxed
at around 30 and there were a dozen or so at various points on
the overlooking stairs and room for 40 or so upstairs which has
a second bar, bit smaller than the one downstairs. This is a savvy
crowd and bottlenecks quickly dissolved as the overage trickled
onto the sidewalks after leaving their drinks inside. By midnight
there were more people on the sidewalk then there were indoors;
all smoking pot madly and whispering about Nicole and Obama and
Danny Glover and the aforementioned Gonzo.
David Campos continued his quest of trying to convince me that
he's not a downtown rubber-stamp as Miguel Bustos, Mark Sanchez
and Krissy Keefer looked on. I mused to Alix Rosenthal and Charles
Kalish who were listening that one of these 4 would probably succeed
Ammiano in district 9. Three gay men and a bi woman. I like the
idea of keeping that an LGBT seat. I challenged Campos.
"Call for steroid tests for cops!"
They're the only emergency service that doesn't have random
drug testing and the one where the aggression brought on by abuse
of steroids has the most impact.
He agreed. Let's see if he keeps his word. Hell, I may even
make a personal appearance at next Wednesday's meeting of the
Police Commission to push the matter myself.
Ted Strawser stood tall in the night
Sidewalk, outside. I introduced Matt Dorsey and Donna Linden
to the Gothic-like shadow of Daniel Patrick Murphy who just returned
from a year or so helping in New Orleans. I bullshitted with Paul
Hogarth from Randy Shaw's, Beyond Chron, Fog City chief, Luke
Thomas, Fog City I-Team investigative reporter Daniela Kirshenbaum,
and Marc Saloman. Joe Lynn talked Green Party politics with Susan
King and Sue Vaughan. Lovey dovey, parents-to-be, Erika McDonald
and John Marc Chardonia glowed. Seth Walker was there with Andy
Blue and they both brought their lovely ladies whose names I clean
forgot. Ace New York Times bureau chief Evelyn Nieves and Mirkarimi
significant other radiated grace and charm while discussing possible
Fog CIty contribution possibilities.
Message to Obama
Barack, these people were all there because of Nicole Derse.
She can do great work for you in New Hampshire, I'm certain but
there ain't no one around these parts who can bring together this
vital new age media army the way she did last night. Remember
that as you and your senior staff watch her work in New Hampshire.
She's way to modest to toot her own horn, but dude, when you look
at Nicole, you're looking at the gatekeeper to a quarter million
votes and a treasure trove of political media and art.
Note: Ross Mirkarimi was there too and FCJ publisher, Luke Thomas
talked to them both about the mayor's race. It's lead
piece of FCJ as we speak.
My feelings at the moment?
Danny Glover for mayor.
h. brown is a 62 year-old keeper of sfbulldog.com,
an eclectic site featuring a half dozen City Hall denizens. h
is a former sailor, firefighter, teacher, nightclub owner, and
a hard-living satirical muckraker. Email
h at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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