Sunday, September 07, 2008

Fighting Bob Fest

It was a blast.
The pink poodle with the man's head? That represented John McCain. It was everywhere during Fighting Bob Fest, usually led around by a gent in prison stripes and a big papier mâché head (Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rice were all seen).

1. A beautiful day for rabblerousing, 70 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Phil Donahue gave a rousing speech that involved the audience. He read the rollcall of Wisconsin legislators who had voted against the Iraq War. We were to speak for them, as they had spoken for us.
"How do you vote?" Donahue asked. "Representative Tammy Baldwin."
"NO!" the audience shouted back.
"Representative Jerry Kleczka," he intoned.
"NO!" we shouted.
"Representative David Obey."
"Senator from the great state of Wisconsin, Russ Feingold."

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin told us go "Get on the ball, y'all!" to help elect Obama. The great feminist thinker and writer Arvonne Fraser spoke about Governor Sarah Palin's nomination. "It is an insult," Fraser said, her voice shaking with anger. "If your friends plan to vote for her just because she is a woman, they are making a terrible mistake."

2. The Raging Grannies had us all laughing and singing. They are are social justice activist women who dress up in clothes that mock stereotypes of older women and sing songs at protests. They write the lyrics themselves, putting their political messages to the tunes of well-known songs like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".

3. Justice Louis Butler, Mike McCabe, and Ed Garvey exposed the loopholes in Wisconsin election laws that allow special interests (often from out of state) to outspend candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

4. Best bumpersticker slogan: Pontius Pilate was a governor and Jesus was a community organizer. Best food: pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw. Best beverage: real lemonade!

There was a lot to think about at the end of the day. That's when you take up your knitting ...
Swedish Dubbelmossa by Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swanson. So much fun to knit!

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