Thursday, October 28, 2004
Kerry and Bruce rock record crowd
The duo of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry and rock legend Bruce Springsteen drew a record 80,000-plus people to downtown Madison for a massive campaign rally this afternoon.Should have been 80,000 plus 1, but at the last minute I decided not to go, since I'm driving a long way to the last big push to chip Democrats out of the frozen tundra and drag them down to the polls tomorow.
Making his first-ever appearance on behalf of a presidential candidate, Springsteen opened with an acoustic version of "The Promised Land" shortly before 1 p.m.
Springsteen told the crowd, which filled West Washington Avenue from Bassett Street all the way to the Capitol Square and overflowed onto several side streets, that "the essential ideas of America and freedom are what's at stake on November second."
Borrowing a line from the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, Springsteen said, "The future belongs to the passionate. Well, the future is now. So let your passions loose."
He then began "No Surrender," which has become the unofficial anthem of the Kerry campaign.
All the forecasts I see have clear weather for election day in the midwest. Bad news for the Republicans, I'm afraid.
Still waiting for Rove's surprise. I don't think even finding bin Laden underneath Laura's dresser would do it. Oil prices have dropped the last few days, but gas is still on the rise. Did they make Arafat sick? Was that it? So he didn't get a flu shot, but a bunch of football players did?
Ah, well. Am rambling, and feeling guilty, since I could have gone and added one more voice, and heard Bruce (and I think a Foo Fighter was supposed to be there too). Maybe I'll have a glass of wine and put "Born in the USA" on the record player.
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