OK, maybe “rock” is a bit strong. But with the long lines and overpriced memorabilia, John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s visit to the Resch Center on Thursday had all the makings of a rock concert. … I’m convinced this is what it would look like if Lawrence Welk were to tour with Hannah Montana.
It was a good time, and given what I went through to obtain my “VIP” ticket, it dawned on me the true value of these visits.
One could simply walk into a McCain campaign office and pick up a free ticket that would get you into the seats. But if you wanted a VIP ducat, which would allow you on the floor and possibly within reach of a handshake or autograph, you had to make 100 calls at that office’s phone bank.
So while these visits are an opportunity to generate some free publicity in the local news, it’s also a way to spark some local volunteers to get out and make calls or knock on doors (to get the tickets). It’s all about energizing the base.
So about one hour and countless hang-ups and messages later, I had my VIP pass, and it was off to GB …
Naturally, there were some Obama backers there. They kept a respectable distance, and at least they were clever. One was wearing a McCain mask (not sure who the other mask-wearer is supposed to be), and the big wooden thing in front of them is a “rubber stamp” that I think actually worked, as they appeared to stamp something on their sign. Let’s see the Pro Lifers match that when they crash Obama’s next visit.
Palin kicks off, following introductions by state attorney general J.B. Van Hollen, Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman Reince Priebus and 8th Congressional District candidate John Gard, who is shown at the far right.