I’ve been to every precinct in the city so far and this is what I saw.
In ward 6 where two years ago I stood alone a group held signs for republican candidates
The only candidate on the democratic side promoted was Tom Foley for Sheriff
I have never in my life seen more people holding signs for a question than for a candidate
I was so struck by that I interviewed a gentleman there
Foley has drawn a fair amount of support. I’ve met him personally and I’m not surprised by that.
There was a group of FSU students interviewing people for a government project, I asked them why they didn’t cover the Gunn event at the college, none of them had been told even though every teacher got an e-mail about it.
In Ward five the turnout was VERY high, particularly in 5a
I talked to David Roth who I knew from high school, he was a year ahead of me.
In Ward 4 it was the same story
Ward 2 also had a very steady stream, their totals were already over the primaries before noon
In ward three there were two big surprises. My mother who works the polls told me it was very steady, in the second ward the numbers were already over 800 by 12:30 p.m.
In both wards 6 and 3 there were Democratic poll watchers checking to see if they needed to get their people out if they hadn’t voted. Two people I met at the Mayday march were also in 6 and 3. We disagree but they are very nice and I’m always pleased to see them.
I ran into John Olver in Ward 3. I still think he is dead wrong but I’ve learned to respect him as a gentleman who has never treated me with anything but respect. He has run a clean and honorable campaign.
Ex Mayor Mylot was there as well, he was supporting the republican ticket. The men on the left holding signs for Lew held them for Bove in the primary at the same spot.
The Shock of the day came as Bill Gunn showed up at the same time and he and Congressman Olver posed for a picture together.
This was the picture of the day, although I think it will be a close race both have run positive, clean and issue oriented campaigns, it’s been an example to the entire nation.
In ward one the trend of incredible numbers continued:
And the electioneering continued, the most popular democrat in the area is clearly Foley
Republicans signs were in every place except for ward 4 downtown.
Bottom line all signs point toward huge turnout and if the Scott Brown trend of January is a barometer, then I’d be worried if I was the left
I ran into Jen Caissie’s mom but didn’t know who she was when I started:
If you don’t know who Jen is here’s jen:
Since the left came to protest and unlike the tea party people decided to assault a driver who disagreed with them
The Media found the protesters interesting and the police stayed on top of them the entire time:
When things were done I talked to Ron:
And checked back with Jerry
It was a good little rally, not in the class of the Boston event but still effective. At least effective enough that it worried the left. Their actions during the pledge and the national anthem combined with the assault did more to hurt their cause than anything else.
Update: Leftists nuts in VA too, at least they didn’t assault anyone.
I talked to people at Mass and at the K of C yesterday and I was very surprised to hear so much support for Tim Cahill…until I read this:
“As you know, the MCFL State PAC endorsed Tim Cahill for Governor last spring. Tim answered our questionnaire 100% pro-life. He pledged to opt out of the abortion funding in Obamacare. We were pleased for our people to have someone for whom to vote because the other candidates hold aggressively pro-abortion positions.
“Unfortunately, Charlie Baker is still (in his own words) ‘to the left of Barack Obama on social issues’ and Deval Patrick has never been for life.
Occasionally there is a race with candidates whose positions are so stridently pro-abortion that no one in conscience can vote for them. That is the case with Baker and Patrick.
Let me follow up with a pronouncement by the Pope:
… Pastors should remind the faithful of their duty to use their votes to advance the common good. He said when political platforms consider decriminalizing abortion, democracy itself is undermined and “betrayed at its very roots.”
Do I think that Tim Cahill’s abortion platform is for expedience, yup. Could his abortion support in the first place been expedience? Yup, I’ve seen many Catholic Pols shift on abortion and gay marriage in order to move up in the democratic party which is perceived as the only game in town. Now lets again go over the rules for Mortal Sin:
1. Grave Matter (Abortion? Yup)
2. Full Knowledge (Do I know the candidate supports abortion and there is no pro-life alternative?)
3. Done Deliberately (Knowing the two above do I still make that vote advancing abortion?)
I’ve talked to many voters who are planning on the full republican ticket except at the top. It confused me until yesterday when for the first time one of them mentioned abortion. I must confess until yesterday I was totally unaware of this issue (which doesn’t reflect well on me).
I am a Catholic Blogger, a VERY Catholic blogger. Like all members of the Knights of Columbus when I say the pledge at the very end I add the words “Born and Unborn”. I was considering the situation (if the pro life candidate is non-viable is choosing between two pro-abortion candidates allowed?) when I looked at the comments on that Red State post hitting MCFL and at Universal Hub cheering abortion.
One of the reasons why I became a republican is because As a Catholic who you know actually BELIEVES in Catholicism The democratic party brands me a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobic etc etc etc. Reading the comments at those two sites brought back memories of those halcyon days.
For this I give as a gift to those sites the Wheel of Fish award:
Tim Cahill ran as an independent because he believed that “Republican” would always be a dirty word in Massachusetts, that was true until it wasn’t. The same holds true with abortion. It will be a pro-abortion state until it is not.
And I repeat and if Charlie Baker loses this race today, this is the reason.