Historiann commenter and special correspondent Indyanna filed this report late Wednesday night after attending both an Obama rally and watching the Phillies put the Rays to bed. (It’s a shame about Rays! Sorry–I couldn’t resist. I’ve been waiting for the Phillies to win all week long so that I could roll out my bad joke!) So, without further ado, I give you Indyanna:
I went to the Ed Rendell event tonight which ended just in time to catch the last two outs in the Phillies victory. Turnout was modest, but it wasn’t really so much a general rally as a meet-up of the local Obama activists to fire everyone up for the final week. The gov. is touring the western end of the state to guard against any complacency and because this one apparently could be the deal-breaker if anything goes wrong. It probably won’t, esp. as the Philadelphia area’s baseball euphoria should have positive political transfer effects, much the way the Mets victory in 1969 kept Mayor Lindsey in office in NYC.
The gov. poured rivers of scorn on the Republican campaign and called for them to be not just beaten but “punished,” as he says they’ve run a mean and unworthy campaign. He dismantled the notion piece by piece that Obama would “raise your taxes” or that he is a “wealth spreader.” In fact, he quoted both McCain and Palin as advocating various types of wealth transfer, and not just from the poor to the rich. Then he dropped the mike and literally rushed up the aisle without waiting for questions, muttering that he had to catch the end of the Phillies game! Ed. note: like a true former Mayor of Philadelphia!
The big news is that Rep. Murtha is apparently in a tighter race than expected, given that the hunter and gatherer crowd hasn’t been wild about his leftish zigs and zags. But the money he’s showered on this district over the years is maybe the difference between actually HAVING to hunt and gather and just doing it as a cultural statement.