Political Wedgies

Kai -- October 27th, 2006

Make sure you check out Brent’s account and pictures of today‘s rally/protest about the marriage amendment (below).

I was lucky enough to have the time to make it to both of the political events on Court Square this week: Webb-Warner yesterday, Allen-Padilla today. Over 400 people showed up to Webb-Warner, apparently the biggest democratic gathering like that in Harrisonburg in over 10 years. I noticed no protesters yesterday. Today, I’d say around 250 showed up, two-thirds supporting the amendment and one-third offering a counter protest.

There was one important difference between the messages of two events: Webb-Warner was “Vote for Webb” and Allen-Padilla was “Vote for Marriage.” This to me is clear evidence of a wedge issue having impact: the marriage amendment was clearly activating a base of support for Allen – and activating some counter-productive (imho) though lively protesting. I wonder how many people would have shown up for today’s event if the message was simply “Vote for Allen.” What do you think?

-kai

2 Responses to “Political Wedgies”

  1. Gxeremio says:

    It seems pretty obvious that the wedge issue is pretty much a big part of Allen’s momentum. This “October surprise” of smutty stuff from his books is surely not news – everyone knew he was a writer and no doubt they scoured his books months ago for objectionable material. But the last days of a campaign are the most important. The flap over the marriage amendment, as well as disguising an Allen rally as a “pro-marriage” rally, are all designed to make Christian voters think of Webb as an amoral if not anti-Christian candidate. The trick has worked before, and I hope it doesn’t work again. Let’s vote for candidates based on their records and their plans.

  2. finnegan says:

    Nice title, Kai.

    I doubt half as many supporters (or protesters) would have shown if it would have just been an Allen thing.

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