100 Democrats braved the cold weather, extreme windchills, and two foot snow drifts to elect delegates to the Congressional and State conventions, pass resolutions, hear from US Senate candidates, and elect local party leaders.
Many of these people played a large role in our 2006 State Senate run out here and I am always thrilled and appreciative to reconnect with this great group of activists.
I went to the McLeod County Convention looking to help Jack Nelson Pallmeyer. It was an interesting experience. Some of the people in the room had never heard of Jack.
I lost my first sign war ever. We were outstaffed and volunteered by a 15:1 margin by both the Ciresi and Franken campaigns. I did have a few Ciresi people who gave me a hand and it was much appreciated.
I did my best to introduce Jack to some wonderful party activists in our area I have known for quite some time. In the end, we have to be proud that Jack got one delegate and one alternate to the State Convention.
JNP delivered a fiery speech. I was holding our digital camera at the same time I was trying to clap and trying to watch the reaction of the room as he was speaking. Truth be told, both JNP and Mike Ciresi had the full attention of the crowd. People were listening intently, they were engaged.
After the speeches, I had several people approach me and ask me more about JNP. I did my best to push more and more people over to talk to him. People asked me why they had never heard of him before. People I know even apologized to me for who they were supporting but that they were already committed.
My gut feeling was that we walked into the McLeod Convention as a long shot. Jack delivered a powerful speech and he walked away with a delegate and an alternate.
In my opinion, he's the candidate that best represents the hopes and dreams, the ideology of progressive democrats. I still have no idea how people can be so enamored with a certain other candidate...