And the Fort Bend Democrats PAC have a booth there.
It’s true. We rented space in an exhibition hall between some ladies selling jewelry and the guy that’s opening up a dinner (movie) theater in Rosenberg.
So why are we doing this?
Well SOMEone had to. SOMEone has to show the Democratic flag. SOMEone had to keep up the Democratic presence in an off election year. We are perfectly willing to do that and man that booth during peak hours.
Someone had to.
And SOMEone has to sell campaign paraphernalia to people who hunger for them. They really do, you know. We are raking it in. Our club voted to buy campaign buttons and bumper stickers for the top tier presidential candidates, and Bill Richardson. We sell them wherever we go. At the Fort Bend County Fair people are snapping them up.
People want them and are willing to pay for them.
And you’re never going to guess who is selling bumper stickers and campaign pins like hotcakes.
Yes! In Texas! This is the one candidate that most Democrats who approached the table wanted a campaign material. So we conducted a sort of pay to vote poll (a Republican idea, I know, but we’re trying to make a profit here). We kept score of which candidate sold the most paraphernalia. One buyer, one vote.
Hillary Clinton – 17
Barack Obama – 9
John Edwards – 3
Bill Richardson – 1
And guess what else we got a lot of? “Thank you for being here.”
Know who else was there with a booth? The Fort Bend Republican Party. They had a booth with campaign literature and campaign signs. But every time I went by there, there was no one manning the booth.
Not a soul.
It was bad.
We were visited by several Republicans who were the first to point this out. “Wow”, they would say, “All of you are here and no one is at the Republican Party booth”. One Republican precinct chair even went as far to say that his party was going in the wrong direction and it was no wonder there was no one at the booth. “Maybe it’s time to switch parties”, one of us offered. “Maybe so”, he responded.
But there is proof in pictures and I have a few of them. This one is a wide angle shot of our booth, with people actually manning (or should I say womaning) the booth.
And then here’s the photographic proof that no one bothers to stop at, or man, the booth of the Dark Side.
But someone on the Dark Side was not totally remiss. Someone got that trailer thing that the Republicans use, lashed it to a diesel belching tractor, and taxied weary fair-goers to their cars. I saw it on my way out.
Isn’t that utterly hilarious? Look at the campaign signs. Some of those people aren’t even running in an election, this year or next.
But it looks good.