Rachel, a Mom of 2 from Livonia, Michigan, is a true blue (red?!) McCainiac who has been determined to see our next President Up Close & Personal. She finally got her wish at last week's McCain-Palin rally in Michigan. Thanks Rachel for sharing your experience!
My family went to the McCain rally here in Michigan yesterday. It was so inspiring to be with so many vocal, like-minded people! John, Cindy, and Sarah were all there. Indulge me for a minute, okay?
The place really went berserk when Governor Palin spoke! Her speech was basically a combination of her acceptance speech in Dayton and the speech at the convention. Although she did mention that her son spent his senior year (I think) of high school here playing hockey in the Kalamazoo area and she thanked the people of Michigan for taking care of her son and promised to do the same for us when she got to Washington. As I'm typing that it sounds kinda liberal - I'll take care of you - but yesterday it really just came across as a cool lady connecting with her audience.
McCain definitely did a better job yesterday than at the convention - alot of the speech was taken from Thursday's speech - but you could tell he was more comfortable. He also was great when he seemed to go off script to mention the tough times here in Michigan and to highlight the problems with Obama. When the crowd started the "drill baby, drill" chant he said that he didn't know who came up with that one, but he thought it was brilliant! He also said at the end (paraphrasing here) that it was 'time for straight talk...I need to win Michigan in November. You gotta get out the vote for us.'
My daughter was completely thrilled to have been there, and wore her McCain button (she wanted to buy one with him and Cindy on it because "she's so pretty") to our Sunday School teacher's meeting at church this morning! The whole evening was very energizing. Michigan is going to be tougher to swing than usual this election IMO, so I'm hoping people will buy into his change before Obama's. Hopefully the Democratic mess of the Detroit mayor's resignation and the city council investigation and the fact that our Dem governor has had to get involved with this negative press will help the McCain/Palin ticket.
Lastly.....the best home made sign of the night (besides my daughter's: 1st Graders for McCain) was - Read My Lipstick!