Kerry Supporters Leave Rally Early
Nick Coleman: Ahh, comic relief at a political rally (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
John Kerry came to Minneapolis and dropped in on the backside parking lot of the Metrodome and droned on for half an hour to a crowd of supporters who had been waiting for two hours in the cold before he was introduced by Walter Mondale and delivered his canned stump speech.
Thursday night’s rally produced a nice campaign turnout, but it also was proof we have reached campaign burnout: Thousands of Kerry supporters left before their man finished talking, scramming like Twins fans in the sixth inning of a blowout, going home glad to have seen their champion but feeling no need for another inning of stale lines about how Bush should’ve killed Osama in Tora Bora.
I think even the hardest of the hard core political junkies will be glad when this one is over. Even though this is one of the more substantive campaigns I can recall–more honest policy differences than any race since 1988 and more important issues on the agenda than any race since at least 1980–neither candidate is particularly exciting. And in an age of 24/7 news saturation, it’s almost impossible to say anything that everyone hasn’t heard already.