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ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. - The rain cleared Monday night, and a handful of Republicans made their way to a karaoke bar at the beachfront resort where the California delegation is staying for the Republican National Convention.

There sipping wine was a left-leaning vacationer from New Brunswick, Canada, who objected to both the politics of the Republicans and their music.

"We believe in all these kind of things Republicans don't believe in," said the Canadian, Marlene Whitehead, including public health care, gay marriage, and "gun control - Oh, my God."

Her more immediate concern was the delegate singing "My Way." A karaoke bar, Whitehead said, is no place for sad songs.

If the Republicans could not accommodate Whitehead's politics, they were more than happy to pick up the beat. A round of beers came from the bar, and Frank Sinatra's catalog was left behind.

On stage, Kevin Krick and Sashi McEntee, current chairman and past chairwoman, respectively, of the Marin County Republican Central Committee, took up "The Time Warp," made famous by "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

"That was happier!" Whitehead said. "And you know what? I don't know who this girl is, but she can sing."


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