I've previously expressed displeasure at Brewers fans who douse Cubs fans with beer. What self-respecting Crew supporter would waste a cold brew on the fan of a team that hasn't won since 1908? The Cubs' suffering is certainly more plentiful than the beer in the cooler. A similar event apparently took place last night:
Three state lawmakers had their night turn a bit soggy Wednesday when a man dumped a glass of beer on the head of one of the lawmakers, with the beer then splashing on the other two, Madison police reported.
The two lawmakers getting indirect hits were Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, and Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford.
The suspect allegedly yelled out something on the order of "Money" and "Damned Republicans" before pouring a glass of Miller Lite beer onto Vos' head.
DeSpain told madison.com the suspect ordered a Miller from the bartender. "The bartender asked him what kind of Miller he wanted, Lite or Genuine Draft, and the suspect said 'It doesn't matter,'" DeSpain said.
It does matter. Dumping a glass of MGD -- or the "nectar of paradise," as Jim Anchower calls it -- on the head of a Republican is a bigger sacrifice than doing the same with a measly 4.2% Lite. They're typically the same price, and I and many others would receive the beer bath as a badger of honor, however, I would take especial pride in being doused with the leaded version.
Interestingly, however, there would be no significant difference between a Miller High Life and a Miller Genuine Draft bath. A source in the beer industry has told me that those beers are exactly the same on tap the only difference lies in the filtration process for the bottled product. High Life is pasteurized by heat (as most beers are), whereas MGD is a cold-filtered pasteurized brew.
This incident goes to show how much context affects how people interpret the invasion of their personal privacy. Slapping a teammate on the ass is the highest of compliments, whereas slapping an officemate in the same manner is sexual harassment. Similarly, pouring a beer on somebody can be both a celebration of friendship and an expression of enmity.
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