Rather than go all the way to Kansas City at 8:30, Unisia and I decided to stay up late and see them at 11:30 pm. We arrived a little early, and took some pictures. Eventually they announced that things were running long in KC, and said that the train would be by at 1 am. Unisia decided that was getting a little late, so I dropped her off at home and went back. Eventually train arrived, and left without stopping. After waking up the passengers on the Amtrak train that came first, and everyone on the campaign, we were disappointed, although John Kerry did wave to us.
The energy in the crowd was amazing, given that it was 1:30, but even little kids were excited. A bunch of people showed up with Bush/Cheney ’04 signs, but union guys with signs blocked them from view.
Elizabeth Edwards blogged the experience on the train, and promised that the campaign was “scrambling to find a way to show Lawrence the same affection it had shown us.” They did so in style, sending John and Elizabeth out to visit us on Sunday.
There are copious photos at my Fotki album and the New York Times coverage is OK too. We were outside, but managed to get right down underneath the walkway he spoke from. Both Edwardses spoke and made us feel like we matter as Kansans. Since our electoral votes will certainly go to Bush, that’s really an accomplishment.
It was incredibly exciting and fun and energizing. Unisia had been skeptical about Edwards once, but came away really jazzed about the campaign. She lives in Ohio and votes in Florida, so getting her to be positively engaged by the campaign is great.
On a related note, she knows a lot of people who were Republicans who are swinging to the Democratic party. It’ll be interesting to see if the Dems can seize the center and a bunch of traditional Republicans long term, or if the elephants reform themselves in time to run Laura Bush in 2008.