Big Day at Bush MN HQ
What a day! I made it up to the Bush Campaign HQ for another day of fun (literally and figuratively) to learn that Rudy Giuliani would be coming thru. And me without a camera. As we continued to work on prepping for this weekends door-to-door campaign, more people showed up, including a couple of photographers from the local papers.
After a bit, Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota came strolling thru, said hello to a few people, and disappeared.
Soon after that, there was a big cheer as Senator Norm Coleman and former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrived where I was hard at work. Camera crews and about a hundred Bush volunteers (more than double what was present when I showed up early that afternoon) surrounded the two politicians.
Senator Coleman started off with a rousing speech that got the volunteers worked up and cheering, as Coleman gave his"Top Ten Reasons" to vote for Bush. without a doubt, one of the most important of these is "Leadership Matters." What Coleman meant by this, among other leadership attributes, is that a leader does not follow public opinion, he shapes it. A rather important point, and a disitnct contrast between President Bush and Senator Kerry. Bush wants to do what's right for America, Kerry wants to be popular with the French. Which of these two do you think is the leader?
Giuliani spoke next, to the cheers of all those in attendance. Regrettably, I didn't have an opportunity to take notes, and I was caught up in the emotional high of having these two great leaders close at hand, encouraging all of the hard working volunteers to continue in their efforts during the next 100 hours leading up to the election.
Coleman stuck around long enough to shake a few hands and get his picture taken with a couple of the volunteers before they both hit the road for their next stop.
After that, things settled down to normal, as we went back to work prepping for this weekend's big get out the vote push.
I ended the evening, quite late, by doing a little drive-by lawn sign planting. I had run into one of my neighbors who asked oif there was any chance of my picking up a sign for another neighbor who had given his sign to his daughter. I managed to get a couple of signs, and late as it was, and not wanting to distrub them, I plucked them into the ground next to his sign for Pat Garofalo. He may be wondering where they popped up from, so we'll just tell him that the Menehune's came around and left them.