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…
“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.