2008 Joe Biden Does Cheney Stadium
posted by October 19 at 16:45 PMon
There were, according to the Obama campaign, about 12,000 people in attendance at the Joe Biden rally that just finished up down here in Tacoma. It was one of his largest rallies ever, if chatter in the press area can be believed.
Cheney Stadium certainly seemed packed, and its name, of course, provided Biden with several joke opportunities, including a line about how if it had actually been named after Dick Cheney it would be hard place to hold a rally, since it would be… an undisclosed location.
Biden was introduced by Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and by Governor Christine Gregoire, who got a lot of mentions from Biden. He described her as someone who’s been subject to the same kind of Republican attacks that he and Barack Obama have been facing, and he made it a point to say that Gregoire has delivered, and will continue to deliver, real change. (An implicit jab at Dino Rossi, who has been trying, with some success, to grab Obama’s “change” coattails.) He also had a few kind words for Darcy Burner. I managed to lose my notebook, but I remember them pretty clearly: “Good luck, kiddo.”
The setting was perfect for the aura that Biden has been trying to cultivate for himself. A smallish outdoor baseball stadium in a working-class part of a working-class city. The crowd, filled with what they call “hard-working Americans,” loved him. And he clearly loved being there:
I’ll post more about the event tomorrow, I hope, but for now, here’s one thing that the crowd really loved: Biden’s declaration that the Democrats had, finally, found a bumper-sticker formulation of their plans.
In his telling, it goes something like: “Returning our economic security and restoring America’s place in the world.” Maybe a tiny bit long for a bumper sticker, but pretty succinct for Joe Biden.