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Mitt Romney January 16, 2012

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Last Thursday, Mitt Romney came to town. I almost missed it because our liberal rag newspaper never mentioned it until it had already almost happened. I jumped in the car and raced down to the Palm Beach Convention Center to catch the noontime rally.

The parking lot was nearly filled and there was a steady stream of folks walking in the building. Once inside we were directed up, down and all around and finally into a large ballroom…that only had about two dozen people in it!  I, along with the other two dozen curious conservatives quickly surmised something amiss. I started chatting up another business-looking fellow and we determined the mass of humanity was somewhere else. I stopped a gal with a radio in her hand and discovered we were in the overflow room as the main hall had surpassed the Fire Marshall’s comfort zone.

I had come to hear Mitt in person and by god I was going to hear Mitt in person. I slipped away from my new friend figuring I had a better chance of scamming an audience with the future president of the United States if I was by myself. I walked back to where it was obvious the main entrance was. Previously they had shooed us past this area guarded by a few state troopers and a bunch of suits with radios. I walked to the farthest door being guarded and just started blabbering to a suit with a radio. The next thing I know the door opens and some lady starts yapping she needs to get her boss inside as he just donated $500,000 to the Romney campaign. When the suit started to engage the woman I whispered softly, “one more won’t hurt” and slipped inside. Expecting to be immediately tackled and pistol whipped I just kept walking trying to get lost among the throng inside.

The entire back of the room was a sea of media. At least 50 news video cameras were stationed on a riser that spanned nearly the width of the room all aimed towards the stage. I saw all the local TV stations along with the big boys; Fox, CNN and MSNBC. I have no idea who made up the rest.

To the left of the camera dais were 10 rows of tables filled with journalists all with their laptops a humming. Milling about in the remaining empty space were at least 100 reporters of some other stripe—some with microphones and some with journalist’s notebooks in hand.

A relatively modest crowd of Mitt fans were crowded around the stage. (Mitt would announce to us that before coming out in our room he had visited with the over 100 folks stuck in the overflow room, shaking hands and signing autographs. He confirmed that the Fire Marshall had limited this room to 400 and apologized for the inconvenience.)

After a brief warm-up introduction by Jeff Atwater, Florida’s CFO, Mitt bounded out from behind the curtains and gave a great 20 minute, extemporaneous speech. It was all about sounding like the nominee as he spent the entire time eviscerating Obama and his socialist policies. Several times the crowd broke out into chants of “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!”.

He wrapped it up and then spent another 15 or 20 minutes shaking hands, signing autographs and posing for pictures.

I left without a doubt in my mind this man will make a fine president. Once elected, we will need to keep him on track to stay the conservative line but finally our great national nightmare will be over.  Go Mitt Go!

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