Well, the video finally uploaded after I went to bed last night. So here it is, the missing piece from my report from the Galivants Ferry Stump Speaking.
This is almost the entire speech. I missed a line at the very beginning. It was something like, “Are y’all ready to win this?” — one of those lines designed to get the crowd to cheer, and they did cheer. I didn’t write it down because I was busy trying to get some still shots of him standing at the stump before switching to video.
As you can see, Vincent Sheheen made every effort to come across as a guy with a fire in his belly. But as I look back at it, he doesn’t seem all that comfortable with the effort.
His campaign is going to need something, something it doesn’t have yet, if he is to be even as competitive as he was four years ago, much less have a chance of beating Nikki Haley.
His speaking voice and mannerisms reminded me of this:
Sorry, Vincent, but you’re not gonna do it.. wouldn’t be prudent.
What was the crowd estimate? 100?
And when he talks about the record number of people dropping out of the workforce, does he feel that is also a bad thing for the country as a whole under Obama?
On the crowd estimate — I didn’t try to count them. I just figured my pictures would show how sparse the crowd was, compared to previous years.
AP estimated “More than 100 people attended.” So yeah, about 100.
Check out the pictures with this post from 2006 to get an idea just how sparse this gathering was.
I got this email yesterday from Jeffrey Collins with the AP:
Will Sheheen have the guts to comment on the Harrell situation? My bet? Not a chance.
Well, in the case of the judge’s ruling, I need you lawyers to advise me — would it be appropriate for Sheheen, as an officer of the court, to comment on that?
As for the legislative stuff… I don’t recall whether Sheheen has said anything. I’ll do a search…
It’s a free country last time I checked.
Heck, the President of the United States publicly scolded SCOTUS regarding one of their decisions at a State of the Union address.
If Sheheen wanted to make an issue out of this he could. Connecting the dots to Haley might be a little bit of a stretch, but he could give it a go. As a practical matter, I’m not sure he would get much traction on this issue.
He’s going to need a hurricane- and Gov Haley leaving the state the day before it hits.
And meeting her female lover in Argentina…