Reparations

I look at this and I think they should file a class-action suit against the oil companies:

Prisoners of Mitt


So it looks like Mitt’s successful rally yesterday (probably not the 35K claimed by conservatives –they do lie), in the upper-class Republican township of Lower Makefield, not only started off an hour late, the rest of it didn’t go exactly the way he planned:

YARDLEY, Pa. – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is promising real change in Washington to a crowd of thousands at a rally in suburban Philadelphia.

A large crowd waited several hours in 40-degree temperatures at a farm in the Philadelphia suburb of Yardley on Sunday night, and gave Romney a rousing welcome.

Romney told those gathered at Shady Brook Farm that on Day One of his presidency he’ll send Congress a bill to cut spending and work to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

The Sunday rally is part of an 11th-hour Republican blitz to win Pennsylvania, a state that has voted for Democrats in the last five presidential elections.

[…] Thousands of people streamed into the Sunday night rally at Shady Brook Farm in suburban Bucks County. The stands were full, hundreds gathered in a field and hundreds more waited to gain entrance before Romney arrived for the event.

No question, it was a good turnout for Mittens. One attendee called it the “Republican Woodstock.”

But then we started seeing these tweets from reporters:

Michael Barbaro ‏@mikiebarb (New York Times political reporter):
W/ Romney more than an hour late (but now speaking), dozens of people stuck in the cold, begging staffers to leave, use the bathroom…

Then:

“We’ve got to get out! My daughter is frostbitten,” begs mom, asking to leave Romney rally. Staffer replies: “It’s not cold enuf for that.”

Ashley Parker ‏@AshleyRParker (also New York Times):
This is a big rally for Romney in PA, but dozens of people — cold and angry — are begging to be let out.

Jackie Kucinich ‏@JFKucinich (Writes for USAToday, Dennis Kucinich’s daughter):
Man just pulled me aside and said “My son is on the verge of hypothermia” just as staffer starts letting people out a few at a time.
[…]
People are literally sneaking out gates now bring told they can’t leave way pic.twitter.com/uvlPBys5

The Romney people later told reporters it was a security problem, not that they were trying to make people stay for the entire event. But I have to wonder how those Yardley helicopter parents felt about their inability to get their kids out.

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