When Eldon Nygaard suddenly defected from the Democratic Party after winning his seat in the South Dakota Senate on the Democratic ticket and receiving $1,500 from his county party but losing in efforts within the caucus to gain a leadership post, many people felt betrayed and bilked. And they said so. But what also came out in the remarks was the matter of the wine he produces in Vermillion at his Valiant Vineyards.
Democratic organizations patronized his winery out of a kind of partisan loyalty and while comments were made about the quality of the wine, they were muted. Well, they ain't no more in sommelier land.
On that night I remember in particular they said nothing as they took up their glass of Valiant Vineyards produce. They didn't need to. They would generally take a sip, then gently push their glass away to the center of the table. Or they would sip and roll their eyes at someone across the table who had also sipped. But I remember an exchange between a woman who owned and ran an upscale bed-and-breakfast with her husband. She asked him to go to the cash bar and get something decent to cleanse her palate. He said, what do you think is decent? She said, Lysol.
The social network Facebook was particularly rife with tasters' assessments of Valiant Vineyards. Most of them were in the vein of thank god we don't have to fake gustatory orgasms over that locally aborted fermentation any more. And the thought interjected an element of glee into the election drubbing and the defection.
Democrats are uplifted and titillated at the idea of Republicans drinking that wine.
Life can be cruel.