I Was Busy This Morning ~ Had a Little Party to Put Together

…for one of my favorite guys.

Dang near a hundred wonderful Rubio friends showed up, despite the 9 a.m. weekday start and, amazingly, the rain held off. (Honestly, I think even the weather’s pulling for Marco.) Cheers went up when the bus ~ splendiferous in a fantastic black wrap ~ pulled into view, and then Marco and Congressman Jeff Miller came around the side, to the delight of the crowd that had gathered. Congressman Miller handled the introduction.

Marco spoke, as he always does, of the promise of this great nation, of exceptionalism and the specter of diminishment. Of responsibility and pride. Of all the things that make this great nation so uniquely a place unto itself, unlike any in the world before or since.

He had the great good grace to talk about the rest of the Republican ticket in Florida as well, to urge everyone to vote for them, getting one of the biggest laughs with, “And you should vote for Rick Scott, no matter WHAT Alex Sink’s Blackberry says!”

I’ve told my volunteers since the beginning, “See him in person once.” I don’t care how many times you’ve heard him online or on TV, and you know all there is to know about where Marco Rubio stands on everything from toilet paper to rice noodles in the Third World…SEE him in person ONCE. Some obnoxious guy named Val Prieto told me that about 14 months ago. BUGGED me about it and, oddly enough, Marco was coming to Pensacola the next week (August of last year) to speak at the Gulf Coast Economics Club. So I paid the fifteen bucks for a lousy lunch and probably the most engaging two hours of my life up to that time. And I started bugging the campaign the next day. They’ve been stuck with me ever since. “See him in person once.” His sincerity, his directness, his willingness to discourse with any individual in his path is so refreshing and an intangible that you can’t experience through a screen. And those answers he gives you will be the same answers he gives in Sarasota, or Jacksonville, Tampa, Tallahassee or, God willing, in D.C., should the same questions arise. And you instinctly KNOW that, when you’ve met him in person. Just once.

Oh, yeah.

It was a GREAT Pensacola day.

In seven days, it’ll be a GREAT for Florida and this GREAT country day.

10 Responses to “I Was Busy This Morning ~ Had a Little Party to Put Together”

  1. Yojimbo says:

    Well, I’d like to take exception to your statement that his campaign has been stuck with you. To my mind, his campaign is lucky as heck to have you on his side. We are lucky as heck that both you and Mr. Bingley have been doing yeoman’s work out there.
    Just sayin’

    Er, maybe that should be yeoperson’s work.

  2. WunderKraut says:

    You are amazing! I would pay money to see your reaction when he wins next tuesday! Maybe Maj Dad can video it. I have thoughts a my 6 year old squealing 🙂 Seriously, thanks for jumping in. Makes me want to help out next time.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    Wunder, there’s still time to help out THIS TIME. Pick a politician near you and volunteer to GOTV. It’s easy. You make some calls or you knock on some doors.

    We can not afford to sit home.

  4. tree hugging sister says:

    Honestly, Kraut ~ even if you’re just standing on a street corner holding a sign for someone you support this weekend, it’s HUGE! Look, even BINGLEY’S (?!?!?!? You say. YES!!!!) been out pounding the pavement and banging on doors for CONSECUTIVE weekends in a row, SACRIFICING I don’t know HOW MANY HOURS of martini time, all for the cause!

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  5. WunderKraut says:

    wow, I had no idea Bingley was such a political jackboot

  6. Dr Alice says:

    The more I hear about Clinton’s interference, the angrier I get. Go Rubio!

    Seriously, what does it say about the Democrats that their ace in the hole is a guy who left the White House ten years ago? And was impeached?

  7. Dave J. says:

    Val was right, of course. And I’m privileged to have first met Marco more than eight years ago, but I was impressed then and have only got more impressed since.

    But you’ve been pretty darn impressive yourself, THS. You think I’m joking when I say think about running for something yourself sometime soon? I know I’m not the only one who’s said that.

  8. tree hugging sister says:

    So you did, dear Val. So you did.

    Thanks. BUNCHES!

    (And Dave? Thanks, darlin’ {8^P)

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