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About That Enthusiasm Gap . . .

I mentioned yesterday that continued comparisons between the two campaigns could be interesting.  I’m just laying out what I found, with no cherry-picking.  Here’s a line of folks (via Twitter) waiting outside an OFA office August 11th, for tickets to Obama’s appearance at Oskaloosa today, Tuesday August 14th:

Next are the photos of the actual Obama in Oskaloosa event that I found on Twitter today.

First, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” is now stuck in my head.

Second is the line of folks waiting outside the Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum.  “Really, really, really long line for tickets to attend Pres. Obama’s event in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Enthusiasm gap? HA!”

The above photo of the queue is getting some distribution on the Twitterz.  I’m not sure what time it was taken, but the tweet above was sent at 11:11am.  The event was to begin at 9am according to this report.

Here are the rest that I found, in chronological order.  10:19am:





 2:19pm:  Oh dear.  I couldn’t embed this picture for some reason.  You’ll have to click over.

And finally, a Fox News photo from a 2:37pm tweet:

Whew, this linking and saving and attaching is pretty tedious.  Nevermind, I shall perservere.

On to the Paul Ryan event in Lakewood, Colorado, also held today (Tuesday August 14th).  This event was set to begin at 10am.

9:14am, the queue waiting to get inside:

9:44am, another view of the queue:


At 12:03pm @Chris_Moody tweets:  “Paul Ryan about to address totally packed gym in Lakewood, Colorado.”  Here’s his photo:


At 12:10pm, @JoyLinFN tweets:  “Fire marshal says gymnasium at Lakewood High School has reached max capacity for Paul Ryan speech.  Crowd waits.”  Here is her photo:

At 12:13pm, @tripgabriel tweets:  “Packed to the rafters awaiting Paul Ryan at Lakewood HS in Colorado.”  His pic:


12:57pm from @ShepherdCNN:

And finally, at 12:58pm, @KContiforCO tweets:  “Paul Ryan.  Addresses a Rockin’ crowd at Lakewood High School.”  Her photo:

These comparisons are proving interesting to me.  What do you think?

Here’s a strange thing.  At this very moment, the headlining topic at Memeorandum is  “GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan.”  Huh.  Perhaps there is a disconnect between the pros and the actual voters?

Related:  Rasmussen: Ohio likely voters favorable toward Ryan, 51/39

UPDATE:  cross-posted at Disrupt The Narrative

SUPER MEGA EXCITING UPDATE:  Instalanche!  Thanks you Glenn Reynolds!  If you’d like to know how I feel, please click on this link to see George Takei doing a Happy Dance . . .

Since you’ve come this far, please go ahead and click on over to Disrupt the Narrative.  They have great stuff like uncovering the shady works of the Voter Participation Center, and raw footage of leftist demonstrations while awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.

Disturbing Report

. . . is the title of the latest DCCC spam.  Ha, ha!  Share and enjoy:

“Linda —

I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday’s Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.

There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.

And that’s not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney’s campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.

We’ve got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters — starting right now.

Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama’s agenda >>

Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: “I love him…He’s going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board…”

We can’t let the Republicans claim the momentum. Donate $3 or whatever you can:


Brynne Craig
DCCC Field Director”

Via Rogue on Twitter I see that I’m not the only one to notice.  So.  How bad is this “enthusiasm gap?”  Hard to say, but incoming photos and reports are heartening.

Here’s my attempt to compare the enthusiasm of both sides, using images available on the net.

Folks waiting for the Romney/Ryan Rally in Mooresville, North Carolina on Sunday August 12th (via Legal Insurrection):

Folks waiting for the Council Bluffs, Iowa Presidential appearance today, Monday August 13th (via a person on Twitter):

More photos of Romney/Ryan are available at the Legal Insurrection link.  My Google image search did not bring up any better photos of the President’s Council Bluffs crowd, though.  USA Today’s article used an old photo from earlier this year.  Annoying.  The New York Times used an image from today, but it is more artful than informing.

I was hoping for a more cut-and-dry comparison, as in tumbleweeds v. packed seats, but still.  The Obama campaign is clearly suffering from crowd-size anxiety.  The DCCC spam alone speaks volumes.  Also, there’s the blustering over crowd size at Obama’s Gen44 fundraiser.

Perhaps more comparisons might be available after Obama’s Oskaloosa and Waterloo events in Iowa tomorrow, August 14th, and after Paul Ryan’s Tuesday August 15 14 event in Lakeland, Colorado.

UPDATE:  Corrected date above.

Could be interesting.

In the meantime, here’s a gratuitous shot of the First Lady with Gwennie-Gwen Stefani yesterday, wearing the attire they sported at the No Doubt singer’s fundraiser.

This look seems more flattering than many.  Still, is that another boob belt?

Hey Girl

It’s Paul Ryan!

I’m so excited!

Picture from the awesome Hey Girl tumblr, which you should totally peruse if you haven’t yet.

Iowahawk:  (Via Instapundit)  “Paul Ryan represent Obama’s most horrifying nightmare: math.”