Today, on the steps of the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, Pennsylvania, about 25,000 people cheerily worked their way through long lines and past spitting liberals to attend a rally for and speeches from Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP nominee, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, his running mate. Only 15,000 tickets were distributed but, according to several of the event coordinators, the turnout far exceeded even the best of expectations.
Of course, there were a fair share of liberals doing what they do best — putting their own needs before those of others, asking what the country can do for them rather than what they can do for the country.
These were my two favorite signs. The first one because, agree or disagree with her perspective and the point she’s trying to convey, you’ve got to admire the creativity involved in coming up with her display. She could have just hid behind a generic Planned Parenthood placard, but instead decided to make her own. As for the other guy, I didn’t have the heart to tell him that his job was likely outsourced because of (a) his wardrobe, (b) his propensity for answering every question posed at meetings with “well, it’s all because of $%&#ing Dick Cheney and mutha$%&#ing Halliburton, or (c) the federal government has managed to place so many workplace regulations on our nation’s companies that doing business overseas is cheaper without the worry of an ADEA or EEOC or ERISA or FMLA suit.
Now, the radical lefties weren’t the only ones with signs. There were, naturally, the pieces of posterboard with slogans like “GO BIG MAC” and “PALIN ROCKS” distributed by the campaign to those in the audience. Those were nice, but at times looked like they might have been trying a little too hard.
My favorites were the ones made at and brought from home. These were hardly-perfect signs, at times the amateurish penmanship highlighting almost the emotion behind them. There were kids with t-shirts which just read “HONOR,” older women who wielded picket-style signs with a Sarah Palin sticker obviously placed over a Hillary Clinton sticker.
All in all, I’m sure it was nothing more than your standard fare for a campaign rally in any city across this nation, the same in Media, Pennsylvania as it would be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but was nonetheless a fascinating spectacle. Turnout was great, enthusiasm was high.
McCain and Palin were introduced by Craig Williams, a former federal prosecutor and United States Marine running for Congress against Joe Sestak. Williams proved to be a solid speaker, seemed to connect with the audience, and did not hesitate to stick it to his opponent. If his conservative chops prove true compared with what is written and said about him, Williams may be someone to watch in the not-so-distant future.
McCain arrived in the Straight Talk Express–I must admit, I’ve got RV envy and would love to borrow that sucker for an Auburn football game–along with Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, and Palin, who brought with her husband Todd and daughters Willow and Piper.
Specter, hardly a favorite among conservatives, was the first to speak and, appropriately enough, drew a thumbs-up from the most left-leaning man in the room. Kind of scary, to me, that the senators up on the stage ALL supported McCain’s Comprehensive Immigration Bill. In a race that, more and more, is coming down to judgment, we really do need to think about how McCain’s penchant for straying across the aisle with regard to issues like illegal immigration, campaign finance reform and cap-and-trade legislation, while appealing to independent and middle-of-the-road voters, could potentially lead to a myriad of problems down the road.
My positioning at this rally, if you couldn’t already tell, gave me a few difficulties when it came to getting a decent shot of the stage. Here, I did the best that I could with what I was given, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Palin, as you can see, spoke next. She said what she needed to say, fired up the people, and got into some specifics with regard to energy policy. Golly, I hope she takes McCain on a field trip of sorts to ANWR and convinces him to drill.
Before leaving the stage, however, she presented McCain with what she said was “a little surprise.”
Paul Teutel Sr., of Orange County Choppers fame, presented Sen. McCain with a little gift, a bike built “in memory of those who fought and died for America.” While I couldn’t get a great shot of the bike–sorry, fellas–it did provide for a pretty cool moment when Teutel, a Vietnam War veteran, drove that sweet little thing up onto the stage and parked it right in front of Todd Palin (who was eyeing it for the rest of the event).
Because of my positioning, I was less than pleased with how my photos of McCain turned out. Please forgive me. Afterwards, however, I did my best to grab a shot through the guardrail/motorcycle ramp of the Arizona senator and his running mate pressing the flesh and meeting the public.
All in all, a nice little event. No lack of enthusiasm, that’s for sure. Let’s hope the momentum continues until the fourth of November.