September 3, 2007

Fill us in

An valued reader wrote to ask if I'd gotten some pictures from the Labor Day picnic this year, and wondered who attended, etc.

As I explained to them, believe it or not, I actually had something else to do that was slightly more enjoyable than listening to stump speeches through a tinny P.A. system that makes a battery powered A.M. radio sound good by comparison and chowing on fried chicken. (I know, I know, that's impossible. What was I thinking?)

So in the interests of this reader as well as myself, can anyone give a little run-down of the event? What muckety-mucks attended? Who spoke? How was attendence? What did you observe that was of interest or note?

This is your chance to be an ace reporter. Don't blow it.

Here's a shot of Obama at the event from a couple years ago. Even then his every move was followed by cameras and microphones.


At 9/03/2007 12:27 AM, Anonymous Huck Finn said...

Please assure me that your last sentence is in no way related to your previous post.

At 9/03/2007 12:33 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You can take it as shrewd political advice if you wish. ha!

The best line to come from the Craig affair so far was a line from a fictionalized recreation I saw on a blog relating to Tucker Carlson recounting how he and some pals had bashed a guy's head against a bathroom wall after he'd supposedly flirted with macho Tucker.

They portrayed Carlson as some sort of super-hero who's mission was to keep bathrooms safe.

After Tucker vanquished another gay, a bystander exclaimed,

"Thanks straight guy, for making it safe to poop again!!"

I guess the same could be said about the officer involved.

At 9/03/2007 7:54 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

I just got off the phone with someone I know who who was there. He said the chicken was good.
I heard that Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii, (an old friend of Lane Evans) was special guest. I think Abercrombie would be fun to see, as he is kind of an "aging hippie"
I heard that Mr and Mrs. Vilsack were there also, stumping for Hillary.

At 9/04/2007 5:28 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks Nico.

I'd since heard that Abercrombie was appearing and wished I'd gone. I caught him at one of Lane's Unity Dinner's in Springfield and he's an incredibly engaging and fiesty speaker. A very staunch and sensible liberal in the best sense of the word.

He's a rather small guy, but bounding with energy, and as I say, a great speaker.

At 9/04/2007 6:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shame of the thing was that Abercrombie was not listened to. People thought that he was a hippie or something. He was very good however and was very helpful to the Evans people Hare and Lack.

At 9/04/2007 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw something very strange at the Democrat picnic yesterday. Mike Boland visiting a table full of Jacobs's. Looked very friendly.

At 9/04/2007 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rep. Abercrombie was a very energetic speaker!

I would say that there will be trouble from the Clinton people as they were livid they were not allowed to speak.

From what I understand you had to be invited to speak.

Our local democrats are supporting Obama because he's from Illinois.

I look for Clinton supporters to make some trouble on this one.

At 9/04/2007 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was packed this year. Alots of people. Chicken lines weren't too long. Free water from some lawyers. Lots petitions for the politicos going around. Signs to support the troops but get out of the war... Beer. More signs. Kids on the playground. Bad PA like always. Big speech from Ambercrombie. Pie by the slice. Couldn't go wrong on this one.

At 9/04/2007 9:19 PM, Blogger illinidem said...

Hey Dope – I was at the picnic. Verschoore, Jacobs, Boland and Hare all spoke. Abercrombie was there to stump for Obama. He was a great speaker. He actually went to college with Obama’s Dad and knew his mother. He said Obama’s father is one of the smartest people he’s ever known. The PA system did indeed suck. The chicken was much better this year

The one bit of controversy is that John G. and Helen Heiland did not let Christy Vilsack speak. She was there to proxy for Hillary. There was also a representative there for Biden who was not given a chance to speak. I thought it lacked class, but was handled by the Clinton and Biden folks with more class than John G. or Heiland could muster.

The hacktastic move of the event was admittedly minor, but still funny. There were the usual collection of candidate signs, including those from Jacobs and Rumler. There was a Jacobs sign that had put in to cover up a Rumler sign in the most conspicuous location for a sign. Not the worst thing in the world, but it made me chuckle.

At 9/05/2007 8:16 AM, Anonymous sick of it already in Hampton said...

Jacobs had his signs out at Illiniwek on Sunday morning. Rumler didn't. Sunday evening it was the same thing - just Mike Jacobs signs, not one Rumler sign. Don't act like Jacobs put his sign in front of Rumler's because he didn't. It was the other way around. I live in Hampton and noticed Jacobs signs on Sunday. The only other person with signs Sunday was Pat Veronda.

At 9/05/2007 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did Hare have to say? How about Jacobs?

At 9/05/2007 11:11 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I have to point out that the commenter was only making an observation, not an accusation. He simply found it amusing, and actually stated it was no big deal.

Why make it one?

At 9/05/2007 12:17 PM, Anonymous sick of it already in hampton said...

I thought you liked facts (not just observations)thats the only reason I commented.


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