February 18, 2004

The Maverick Event tonight

The event that I've been pitching was tonight and it was really fun. I got to Eugene, the event space, about 20 minutes early. I was on the host committee and so was getting a coveted photo taken with Karl Rove. Scott had emailed me that there were going to be the usual corny protesters outside, so I was expecting the small crowd gathered across the street from the place. I walked in and checked my coat and while I was doing that I heard someone say 'Karl is going to talk to them!' I walked over to the door and looked through the glass and indeed, Karl Rove was crossing the street to go talk to the protesters. Everybody watched and whispered 'what is he doing' as he walked over to them. The crowd shifted down the street as he approached them. I watched some of the protesters take his picture. It was stunning.

Later on, when I met him to take the photo, I had to ask: 'what did the protesters say to you?' He said 'they ran away, they wouldn't talk to me.' Outstanding.

The other amazing thing was that Mike Bloomberg was great. Yes, really, you read that right. Fewer people have less love for the mayor than I do. I worked for Herman Badillo in the primary against Bloomberg. I was bitter that he bought my party's nomination. I was going to vote third party until Mark Green forced me to vote against him, and for Bloomberg, with his 'kill it, kill it, kill it' ad a month of so after 3000 were killed, killed, killed downtown. Soon after Bloomberg took office, the needling began. It's not that Bloomberg has done that much wrong (with the exception of the tax increase), it's the little things that drive everybody insane. The no smoking in bars law (with the poor political maneuver of saying 'becuse I think it's a disgusting habit' accompanying it), the meters on Sundays, the subway fare hike (only to have the MTA discover they were actually running a surplus), the doubling of parking ticket prices etc. But tonight, he was on. He was funny, charming, self-deprecating. He said that he saw Vice President Cheney recently and he looked really relaxed and that made Bloomberg say to himself 'I bought the wrong office!' He had a couple of other funny lines. I have to say that I was sure he stood zero shot in 2005, but really, who knows? If it's another Mark Green-esque candidate that the Dems put up, anything can happen.

I had been to Eugene a couple of times before but have never seen it even nearly as packed as tonight. It was quite inspiring to see that many people turn out, in one of the most liberal cities in the country, to support the president. I hope it's a sign for the approaching campaign.

Posted by Karol at February 18, 2004 09:47 PM | TrackBack
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So the screamers just ran away? What a bunch of cowards! Either that, or they were worried Karl Rove might prove too intellectually challenging for them.

I'm still not voting for Bloomberg. He can take his private helicopter and fly to his house in Bermuda. Hopefully our next mayor will undo all of the damage he's caused this city.

Posted by: Peter at February 19, 2004 12:44 AM

I ain't either. This Republican will vote for someone who wants to allow smoking in bars, barring that, a Democrat.

Posted by: Oschisms at February 19, 2004 01:17 AM

Oh Karol.... first Vincent Gallo and now this??!!?!? You're killing me here.

Posted by: Ari at February 19, 2004 10:05 AM

Are you engaged to Vincent yet? Or just dating?

Posted by: dawn at February 19, 2004 10:28 AM

If he changes his affiliation back to Democrat, I would vote for Bloomberg.

Posted by: Dawn at February 19, 2004 10:29 AM

After all the discussion, Vincent Gallo didn't show up. :-(
And if Dawn 'Go Kucinich' Summers likes Bloomberg, that's of course a big problem for him.

Posted by: Karol at February 19, 2004 10:45 AM

It is too bad you missed the January NYYR meeting covered in the Observer article. Vincent was a great speaker. Told a story about how he was fired from editing a PBS documentary because he refused to take out a clip of Nixon. I went up to talk to him about it after (As you know, Karol, I work for Thirteen) and we had a brief but great conversation. Better yet -- I'm now dating the "cute brunette in a houndstooth dress" mentioned in the article! Want to experience the magic yourself? The next meeting is tonight (2/19) at 7 PM at the National Women's Republican Club. Free for all! See you there...

Posted by: Luke VL at February 19, 2004 11:55 AM

I was sooooooooooo sad to miss V.Gallo at the last meeting. I was in DC for the month but would've definitely come back for that.

Posted by: Karol at February 19, 2004 12:42 PM

When Karl Rove walked across the street to meet and greet the protestors, and they proceeded to run away, did they pull a Dean and run towards the snow-packed slopes of Aspen ???

I am so proud and happy that even the Democrats stood up against full-blown socialism and sent Dean and his big-nosed wife Steinberg back to Vermont. We don't need universal healthcare in a Capitalist country like America, and we don't need Deans and Steinbergs in Washington.

MahhDaddyWorkedAtAMill will probably drop out in about 2 weeks, then we just have to worry about crushing the JFK, Jane Fonda Kerry, that will be easy enough to do.

BUSH 2004 !
Jeb Bush 2008 & 2012 !
Bush twins 2016 !

Posted by: BigPMDawnFan at February 19, 2004 02:14 PM

Does Vincent have a place in NYC? I'm not above good old fashioned stalking. We could just happen to walk by his apartment every 20 minutes or so for let's say the entire day. Were bound to bump into him & you'll just happen to be looking stunningly beautiful (as always) in your best prada attire that day. And opps you'll drop a stalk of Bush-cheney flyers at his feet. How bout it? Sorry Peter.

Posted by: Lisa at February 19, 2004 03:22 PM

What is so special about Vincent Gallo? Buffalo 66 was only ok. Has he been in anything else?

Posted by: Dan at February 19, 2004 05:46 PM

Who's zoomin who?.....from the NY Times today:

"At one point, as hundreds of guests with invitations waited to pass through velvet barriers to enter the club, a small group of men in bowler hats and women in gowns marched up, chanting, "Four more wars" and "Re-elect Rove."

As the group approached, a man who appeared to be a security agent of some type, was overheard whispering into a microphone: "We've got two groups. One for and one against."

Actually, it was two against. The person was confused by a group that calls itself Billionaires for Bush, a collection of activists who use satire to make a political point. Indeed, members of the Sierra Club, who were protesting on the other side of the street were also confused and began shouting at what they thought was a pro-Bush contingent.

" We want the truth and we want it now!" the Sierra protesters shouted.

The billionaires shouted back, "Buy your own president!"

It took a few minutes, but the police finally realized what was going on when they escorted the group behind the blue barricades as well. Still, the show was not over. A black town car pulled up and out stepped a man whom who the crowd assumed to be Mr. Rove. "There is Karl Rove," people shouted.

Reporters, photographers and television cameramen swarmed the man, but the police pushed them back. Another man lifted the velvet rope to let him enter. But the would-be Mr. Rove walked over to the crowd of protesters and began shaking hands, when finally, again, this was seen to be a joke. It was not Mr. Rove, but an actor playing the part."

I gotta wonder who you were talking to and getting your picture taken with.

Though it does make for a nice story.

Posted by: Rick at February 19, 2004 08:57 PM

I just read the story you refer to, it's excellent. But the incident I saw with Rove is when there were hardly any people there. It was about 1/2 hour before the ropes even went up. I'm willing to believe it was an actor both times, but that would mean the protesters fell for it twice. Very odd and funny.

Posted by: Karol at February 19, 2004 11:52 PM

bowler hats?

and we're supposed to believe that?

bowler hats (snort)

Posted by: Oschisms at February 20, 2004 02:58 AM

I totally agree with you that Green was out of line with the "kill it" ad given the timing etc.

So what do you think of Education Secretary Rod Paige calling the NEA "a terrorist organization"?


Never thought I'd ever be defending the NEA but that is totally out of place. The president should dimiss Paige now unless the war on terror now includes teachers.

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