September 23, 2004

THEY SING I'M IN LOVE, WHAT'S THAT SONG?:

Thousands turn out for Latrobe stop (Richard Gazarik, September 23, 2004, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

President George W. Bush wasted no time Wednesday in declaring his reason for visiting heavily Democratic Westmoreland County.

"I'm asking for the vote. That's what I'm doing here in Pennsylvania," Bush said.

Bush was greeted by thousands of supporters who stood in the heat for hours before his arrival at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, near Latrobe.

In a scene that resembled a rock concert more than a campaign rally, vendors hawked T-shirts, caps, campaign buttons, water, food, ice cream and soft drinks. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann made some remarks, and country music star John Michael Montgomery played as people swayed to his music.


The size and enthusiasm of crowds is a notoriously roitten indicator of a campaign's status, but you can't help noticing how often Bush rallies are described in such terms and how seldom Kerry.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2004 9:57 AM
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I doubt if (most of) the press has referred to a Republican campaign rally as enthusiastic since 1980 or 1984.

Note this was NOT the Post-Gazette.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 23, 2004 10:26 AM

I also notice that most of the news coverage shows Bush with a crowd behind him and Kerry with a backdrop.

I find it interesting that Bush almost always asks for the vote. Isn't that part of a successful sales pitch? Doesn't one always ask for the order?

Posted by: Rick T. at September 23, 2004 12:02 PM

oj:

Disagree slightly about crowd size and enthusiasm. You're correct that it is an unreliable guide if the campaign is busing them in from a hundred miles away (as Kerry union supporters have been doing). But energy is important to get your precinct workers jacked-up for the final push. And I will never forget poor Bob Dole, in the final weeks of the campaign, appearing before a few hundred listless people (his campaign actually had to cancel some appearances because the anticipated turnout was so slim).

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 23, 2004 1:53 PM

Kerry and enthusiasm seems rather an odd juxtaposition.

Posted by: Josh Silverman at September 23, 2004 9:19 PM
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