It was quite a show on Monday, as South Florida Democrats invited their brethren to take a midday break from work and rally for the first day of early voting on Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Seemed like every Democratic politician in town -- nay the Universe -- lined up to speak or get a shout-out in front of a crowd of more than a thousand civic-minded Americans.
First up was Rep. Bob "I luv Hil" Wexler. He called Floridians “the most important people in our nation” because “we have the power to take our country back.”
Next they got to the nuts and bolts: Local organizers told the crowd - which was herded into roped off areas to make the audience look as packed as possible for the camera - to tell their neighbors ro ignore the rmors: yes, you can wear your Obama gear to the polls, No, your voter registration doesn't have to match your license, Yes, the early votes will be counted with the regular votes.
Then former Guv and Senator Bob "Tweedle" Graham called Hillary “the most important woman on Earth.”
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Hillary was next, doing what she does best. Speaking to the little guy. But before she coould even say Obama's name, the Earth rebutted…with some rain. Less than five minutes into her speech (she hadn’t even said the word “Obama” yet), the heavens opened and at least half the crowd scattered. “Oh no!!!” she said. “I’ll assume all the people leaving are on the way over to vote early. There’s nothing like a little precipitation to remind us of what it takes to grow in life.”
Had the Dems not taken the chance to plug everybody under the sun, there might have actually been some sun when it came time for Senator Clinton to speak.