Friday, September 03, 2004
What's good for the goose...: Last month, the story of a high school teacher who went to see the president at a campaign stop made a some waves in the blogosphere. You see, Kathryn Mead was wearing a John Kerry sticker, but was dismayed by the fact that that would keep her from attending a Bush campaign event.
"I have never found this kind of screening anywhere in my travels around the world. I can't imagine being denied access to hearing the president of the United States speak."
Several people outside the campaign event tried to console Mead, who was visibly upset.
Of course, Mead wasn't the only one who was upset.
Lynn Larson, chair of the Grand Traverse Democratic Party, said the move is typical of other Bush rallies that only allow Republican supporters to see the president.
"The very reason that we are here protesting is to protect our First Amendment rights," she said. "When the Secret Service rips somebody's sticker off and takes their ticket away, it makes me even more determined to march to protect our rights."
Of the bloggers who mentioned this incident, Oliver Willis is the most notable. [I say that because I've been to his site before.] Willis wrote that this incident confirmed "Bush's place as the most partisan president ever."
Well, apparently John Kerry is the most partisan presidential candidate ever. At this morning's midnight Kerry rally, something similar occurred.
Wittenberg (College) junior David Ray said he came to the rally mostly to hear the band play. He wore a Bush T-shirt because he did not want people to mistake him for a Kerry supporter. He and friends got in line at 8:30 p.m. and waited until 9:45 p.m.
When he reached the front of the line a “guy with a badge” stopped him.
“He looked at us funny, and he said, ‘We’re not going to let you guys in.’ ”
The campaign worker tore up Ray’s ticket and had him escorted away from the line, Ray said.
I don't blame either campaign for what they did in a political season. It's understandable that neither candidate would want a bunch of the other's supporters disrupting a rally.
Those on the left can climb down from their high horses now.