So I’m on my way to the Stand Out for Scott Brown, and I decide that I’ll pop in on my neighbors who have a Scott Brown sign in their window and see if they want to come along. For those of you who don’t live in Massachusetts, this is not done. You don’t “pop in” on strangers, even if they live next door (unless they’ve just moved in, then it’s more “welcome wagon” than intrusion). I’ve been in New England since 1998, and one thing I’ve learned is that New Englanders are a tight knit, fiercely loyal group who don’t welcome outsiders. Once you are “in,” though, they make the best of friends and will do anything in the world for you.
I knocked somewhat tentatively, not knowing who lived there, just that they were Brown supporters. I was holding my Scott Brown yard sign, and as soon as my neighbor saw it, his suspicious reticence melted away as he smiled and rushed to undo the chain. Wow. I explained why I was there, and we just started talking about the campaign and how important it is; he invited me in for a moment, and what do you know? There was a picture of President Bush (41) on the wall. I’m not making this up. On top of that, my neighbor and his wife are young graduate students (I’d say early-mid-twenties), and they were informed, knowledgeable, and independent thinkers. I wanted to adopt them. They couldn’t make the Stand Out but are voting for Brown on Tuesday, and that’s what counts.
Leaving there with a spring in my step (seriously, I had to write that, cliche and all, because it’s truth), I headed down to the Stand Out location. There were at least 25 Brown signs/supporters all over the place, standing on the corners, holding their signs, waving, smiling, woohoo’ing. It was electric.
Of course I forgot my camera.
If the reactions of the drivers were any indication of the election on Tuesday, Scott Brown will win handily. For every six or seven cars that honked, waved, shouted “Go Brown” and “It’s the people’s seat,” there was one that was for Croakley (we could tell this because they flipped us off or gave the thumbs down). The rest of the drivers were just driving to wherever they were heading and didn’t pay attention to the many Brown supporters. A couple of city vehicles (an ambulance and one of the medi-van things) even honked their support for Brown! After a while, about an hour or so, the one lone Croakley supporter was joined by about five more, and they waved mechanically at the passing cars and one guy whooped when he got the thumbs up or a car honk. Otherwise, they were uninspired, even bored.
There was no boredom among the Brown supporters. We chatted and waved and whooped and thumbs upped with all our hearts. I think I jumped up and down a couple times (but don’t tell anyone, so undignified). It was a great experience! The chatter among us was about what a great guy and honorable person Brown is. Several of the people I met had met him in one capacity or another and sang his praises. They like him, they really like him. We also talked about how out of touch Croakley is (Curt Schilling is a Yankees fan? That’s like saying Ted Kennedy is a [gasp] Republican), how dangerous Croakley and BO are, and we discussed the negative campaign Croakley seems intent on running. We do not approve.
The people walking along the sidewalks were mostly supportive, stopping to tell us that they and their families were voting for Brown. But this one little Croakley shrew came stomping out of a nearby bank and announced that she was going to call the tow company to have our cars towed from the bank (it was about 11:30 then, the bank closes at noon). Well, we all live here, so we know where to park and where not to park, but boy, was she bent of shape (wouldn’t it be funny if the lackluster Croakley crew were some of the bussed in SEIU peeps and they got towed? heh. Okay, I shouldn’t sink to their level, but geez!). She said she was going to call the police. To which I responded, why’s that? We have a right to peaceful assembly. She sneered, thought for a second, and asked for the number to Scott Brown headquarters. We gave it to her, but really! What the heck does she think she’s going to do? Oh yeah, she’s a liberal. She wanted to stop our “extremist” standing on the public sidewalk holding signs for Brown. Ugh, if that’s what supports Croakley, I’m glad that I’m not “one of them.” Shudder.
However, that was just one person. The rest were largely supportive. The people who were walking around downtown doing their usual Saturday errands or whatever would signal their support, and when one (or all) of us would say, be sure to vote on Tuesday, they’d respond that they wouldn’t miss it. One elderly lady, who had on a great hat, stopped and told me that “all the elderly” support Brown because he’s the one who cares about them and their health (Medicare, I’m sure). She said that all the ladies in her “club” were going by bus from the senior center to vote for Brown (she didn’t say what kind of club, but it could have been a gardening club. Croakley declared war on ladies’ gardening clubs, after all, one great way to lose votes is to be easy on terrorists and clamp down on little old ladies who like to garden.).
As I was walking to my car, preparing to leave, a guy who was walking by asked me if I had any more signs. I had the one in my hand and the one in my trunk, so I gave him the one in my hand. He was so grateful and said that the election was so important. To which I responded, yes and not just to us here in Mass but to America. This caused another guy who was walking by to say that was the truth and did I have another sign that he could have? Down to my last one, I asked if he would put it in his yard, and he assured me he would, so I gave it to him. The support for Scott Brown is enthusiastic, electric, and yes, hopeful for the change his election would bring to Washington. But it’s far from a done deal, and he needs all of our support.
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. . . from the Brown Brigade. I took this photo (with their camera) of some of the people who were standing out for Brown this morning:
You can see some of the other Brown supporters up the block on the corner to the right. There were more on the opposite side of the street (behind these good patriots) and still more around the corner to the left at the next intersection.
The next photos are from last night’s rally (from Red Mass Group) someone tweeted the link (I think Opus, but I’m still not great with Twitter and things fly by so fast), but they say so much about this race that I had to post them: