Sarah who? Rally at Peavey Plaza on Friday

September 17, 2008 by susan
sign saying, I say NO

Barb was the first to get the idea and post it on the CLB. Sarah McPain is coming to MN on Friday, let's give her an Anchorage-style welcome. Lots of lipstick, maybe some of those red wax lips of our youth, line the streets of Blaine. Scuse me, where? Blaine, MN, in an airplane hanger. Sure, okay, count me in. Even though -- elite city dweller that I am -- I'm not at all sure where Blaine is. But I think it's a few suburbs north of here.

The idea took hold, momentum was building, and several other rally ideas were tossed around. But in the end, the Obama campaign and Mayor Rybak asked that we all gather at Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis instead. And while the rally is scheduled to coincide with Palin's visit, it's not about her. It's a "Rally to Restore the Economy." (Which these days feels a lot like crawling to Lourdes to ask for a total organ transplant.) Do read on.

The Anchorage anti-Palin protest was very moving and got a ton of coverage, so this Peavey polite rally may feel like a typically soft response -- another example of why the Dems never win. And I know it fizzled out the fire in a few people. But I think it's the right call. Here's why.

• There was something powerful about Alaskans gathering to reject their home-grown gal on her first victory lap back home. I'm not sure it's as effective when the rest of us do it in our own states, especially as time wears down her newsiness.

• It gets us all in one place at the same time. Downtown during the lunch hour, while not convenient for everyone, assures us a large concentration of people, and it'd be great to draw a bigger crowd than -- you know.

• Fascination with Palin is starting to fade. An anti-Palin protest puts her back in the limelight and even gives her some power. Ignoring her is far more effective. As every child intuitively knows, getting attention, even for bad behavior, is better than being ignored.

• Palin has been a big distraction for Obama, for all of us. He needs to regain the upper hand. LCG, an independent polling firm, recorded a small trend up for Obama when he moved off Palin and went back to the issues, especially the economy.

So I'll be at Peavey Plaza on Friday, eyes on the November prize and not on Palin. Waving signs as she whisks by in a -- let me guess -- black SUV, only heightens her sense of power, and this is one lil unblinking filly who doesn't need any more more of that.

Seems to me that the Bush/Cheney/Rove Republicans, as we saw at the St. Paul convention, are a bunch of old white men whose days are numbered. Sarah gave them a whiff of their past glory, like viagra for Bob Dole, but we all know that their -- um, ardor can't last forever. In fact, it's been over four hours. Isn't this a medical emergency by now?

Like many of us, I'm getting the deja vu all over again blues and wish the Obama campaign would goose itself into a more aggressive gear. But as I've written here before, we have to get off our fixation on Sarah Palin, the person (it's so hard) and focus on John McCain, the person who chose her.

As WashPo columnist Richard Cohen, a former McCain acolyte, wrote in today's column, "[McCain's] opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir -- the person in whose hands he would leave the country -- is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not."

Yeah baby. Hope to see some of you at high noon Friday, at the Peavey Plaza corral.

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Comments

Penny (not verified) | September 18, 2008 - 4:07pm

As painful as it is not to mock her vacuous credentials, we can be done with Palin for now.

We cannot let the media nor the Republicans make this an election about small things.

We can put Palin in her place after we win the White House.

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susan | September 19, 2008 - 12:40am

I've named this the "turn your back on Sarah" rally. But tell everyone you know, all who work downtown. We'll get media attention if we draw a huge crowd -- a crowd there for the issues, not the stars.

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John Smart (not verified) | September 19, 2008 - 11:29am

Susan - This is Jim Smart's brother in Wisconsin. Wish I could be at the rally, but it's a "fur piece" from Park Falls!
I also want to caution against making Palin into such a star by all the attention being lavished on her. She doesn't deserve it and in a way it distracts from the genuine issues. Of course, that's why she was chosen. We should never play into "their" hands!
Keep up the good work...
John

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susan | September 19, 2008 - 4:30pm

Hi John, Yeah, Park Falls to Peavey Plaza for a one hour rally -- not worth the gas.
We had a nice crowd in Minneapolis, but not huge. The "official" estimate was 3500 people. I won't say how many you-know-who got in Blaine, but it was more than 3500. But, that was for the entire McPain ticket. If we'd had Obama and Biden on Peavey -- well, the city's not big enough to contain that crowd.

Mayor RT Rybak did a great job making sure people signed on to work for the campaign, (and politely welcoming Palin/McCain to town) a 16 year old campaign volunteer from Northfield, MN spoke movingly of how health issues have left her family in massive debt, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher spoke about the jump in MN's joblessness rate and the need for change, but it was Rep. Keith Ellison who got the crowd cheering with a rousing "fired up" sort of speech. It was just the jolt of energy we needed.

While our rally focused on the economy, the theme du jour in Blaine was "drill baby drill", punctuated with mocking put-downs of Sen. Obama. Ahh that McCain campaign, it's a class act.

It was a warm breezy day, perfect for a noon-hour rally, and maybe one of the best things going on there was the huge number of people signing up at various tables to help with phoning, door-knocking and turning out the vote.
We are going to win, but it's going to be nerve-wracking.

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John Smart (not verified) | September 20, 2008 - 8:22pm

Sounds like a great event, Susan. One of these days I must get over there and participate. Cindie & Jim tell me about all the wonderful political happenings, and I am sort of jealous. Not much goes on up here in the woods.
I hope I'll make it soon...
I like your blogsite!

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susan | September 21, 2008 - 12:33am

Hey John, c'mon down! But all of us down here sort of want to be in the woods with nothing much going on. Well, not for the next 6 weeks. If things go our way on Nov. 4, we'll stay here. If not, look out for stampeding urbanites, overdosing on Celexa, Wellbutrin, Zoloft or just plain old booze.
Hey, wondering if Dixie (John's famous and fabulous mom) got to vote absentee before she died. Note to all who are caring for elderly parents. If they're Dems, get those absentee ballots now! They're available in MN in early October, I think.

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Poet (not verified) | September 21, 2008 - 11:34pm

Susan--

I wish you and Barb (and all the other protesters) well--but you are being suckered.

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MOha (not verified) | April 3, 2009 - 5:21pm

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