The Bexar County Democrats gathered last night for a pre-Denver mixer, and while some conceded that they've never before seen the kind of lingering animus that exists between Clinton and Obama supporters, there were also signs of unity in the air. State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, one of Hillary's most ardent backers, spoke of the need to rally behind Obama and said of the upcoming Democratic National Convention, "It's going to be amazing. They'll be talking about it, and people will be reading about it in the history books."
Van de Putte will serve as one of four party cochairs for the convention and she told the crowd that initially she couldn't believe that Howard Dean really wanted her to fill a role that has been handled in the past by the formidable likes of Barbara Jordan and Ann Richards. "These are my icons," she gushed. "I'm just a girl from the West Side of San Antonio!" Van de Putte has yet to find out which one of the four convention nights she'll chair.