NRO prints an e-mail from a reader who was at the Kerry rally in Steubenville; worth noting in full.
John Kerry came to Steubenville yesterday and quickly realized he was in the wrong city. Steubenville is a city where there are 6 Democrats for every 1 Republican, and the Steelworkers unions are alive and active. You would think this was solid John Kerry territory. The mob used to control Steubenville and now the unions think they do. Well, they are wrong.
The Kerry campaign first scheduled a visit to Steubenville two weeks ago but "scheduling conflicts" came up at the last minute. Oh, and did I mention that Kerry wanted to use a local gun range as a campaign stop, but the owner turned him down? And that the Fire Department Union President told the Kerry campaign that not only would he not organize the union to support Kerry at the rally, but that he was supporting President Bush! The Kerry campaign took for granted that this area was sown up. Mistake number one. So they rescheduled the campaign trip when Franciscan University was back in session. Mistake number two.
Before Kerry arrived there was a huge pro-life march led by Franciscan University students, 500 strong. "You cant be Catholic and pro-abortion", read some of their signs. Students and members of local Catholic parishes were full of energy and FoxNews reported that this was the largest protest against Kerry outside of the Democratic Convention. Just picture 500 pro-lifers marching from their college campus to meet Kerry. Where else but in Steubenville, Ohio! Though the Franciscan University did not organize the event, it is well known for its orthodox Catholic education which encourages students to put their faith into action. These students simply cherish their Catholic faith and could not stand to let Kerry use their faith as a political prop. I am proud of my alma mater.
The Kerry campaign not only made a mistake in their timing, but they also chose to hold the rally in a public park which should be open to all the public. Mistake number three. The police chief, sheriff, and mayor all agreed with me that protesters and their signs would be allowed inside the Kerry rally site. Freedom of speech is alive and well here in Ohio. The Kerry campaign flipped out!
So, now add another 500 local Bush supporters to the Kerry rally. They tried to turn up the music but they could not drown us out. According to the Herald Star (local press), "The crowd, estimated by officials as 3,500 strong, was almost split in half with people for and against the Massachusetts senator." John Kerry must know he has a problem when over 15% of his audience was booing him. We were respectful and did not heckle him - but upon arrival and when he sought our applause he got something he didnt expect. As the press arrived a feisty nine year old little girl began shouting, "We want Bush!", and we all chanted along. The campaign staff was beside themselves. This is history in the making! Even places like Steubenville are not supporting John Kerry. He is in serious trouble.
My friends, John Kerry will not be coming back to Steubenville. Kerry was visibly shaken when he received boos from the audience.....
This guy cant even lead a campaign, let alone the free world.
And that has nothing to do with Vietnam, the Senate, or anything he has said on the public record.
I understand "he will not have" anyone questioning his fitness to lead who did not serve our country in time of war.
I served. I question his fitness to lead. Bring it on John. Make my day. Debate or duel. Your choice.
Booed in Steubenville…this is bad, very bad but the only one who does not acknowledge it is Kerry and his sycophants. The Kerry campaign is entering into the realm of the surreal. These rallies gleam with an astoundingly inept coordination. Beyond that though lies the reality of a campaign that cannot come to terms with its own dishonesty. It is a campaign built on lies, not only to the public, but to itself. Kerry has surrounded himself with sycophants, and none have the courage to tell him he is a naked emperor.
The campaign is a train-wreck in slow motion, I know how it will end yet I cannot take my eyes off it.
What alma mater?
Sometimes i think that the conservatives are thinking to wishfully. Ill admit that Bush did get quite a bounce from his convention as opposed to Kerry getting next to nothing, but who knows how long that will last? If you look at the polls (not the Real Clear Polotics averages, look at them yourself) you will see that bush is in trouble. For every one poll that Bush leads, Kerry leads five.
Bush only needs to win one poll. :-)
That said, I dont think Kerrys ahead in any national poll taken during or since the RNC. Quotes from Kerrys campaign show that they acknowledge theyre behind now.
As I said, who knows how long Bushs high from the convention will last?? The fact is, people dont like the way Bush has acted on some key issues, and if they dont know Kerry, they cant compare him that well to Bush, which might have been how Bush came away with the election in 2000.
We cant be complacent. The Gallup Poll doesnt confirm Time and Newsweek at all. It shows a very small bounce. Were still in serious trouble, in danger of losing to a bad candidate because the Democratic party retains a grip on the minds of so many Americans. It may not take long for a week of good convention speeches to be drowned out by the dinosaur media.
If we dont work hard in this election, well lose. Simple as that.
I disagree with the take that Bush is in trouble with the polls. There have been several national polls taken, and the trend is unmistakable and real. Also, local state polls show Bush moving ahead or narrowing his lead. The most unmistakable sign that Kerry is in real trouble is his behavior. Why on earth would he be shaking up his team and calling on Clinton for advise if he believed he was in good standing? Its only because Kerrys team knows they are loosing big. I do agree that we need to keep on our game and not let up. But I totally believe, based on the data, that if we do the work, we WILL win a decisive vistory. The signs are good. Just keep it going and well get there.
I disagree with the take that Bush is in trouble with the polls. There have been several national polls taken, and the trend is unmistakable and real. Also, local state polls show Bush moving ahead or narrowing Kerrys lead. The most unmistakable sign that Kerry is in real trouble is his behavior. Why on earth would he be shaking up his team and calling on Clinton for advise if he believed he was in good standing? Its only because Kerrys team knows they are loosing big. I do agree that we need to keep on our game and not let up. But I totally believe, based on the data, that if we do the work, we WILL win a decisive vistory. The signs are good. Just keep it going and well get there.
Thats what was said in 2000....the polls put Bush up by more than 2 percent, and you saw how that turned out.
Oh and if you look at the latest polls of the battleground states with the most electoral colledge votes, 5 out of 7 lean towards Kerry.