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Monday, November 1

Clinton in the Hall of Springs and food for thought on NY-20

William Jefferson Clinton, or "Slick Willy", as he was known during a certain infamous point during his two terms as the nation's 42nd President, joined NY-20 Rep. Scott Murphy for a last minute campaign rally today at Saratoga Spa State Park.

He who has been repeatedly referred to as a "rock star" in the press for his campaign appearances (today was his 127th), Clinton seemed engaged but groggy, which could be hardly helped considering the 6:30 a.m. door time for attendees and 5:30 a.m. press check-in.

He did receive rock star applause, and apparently a man fainted before he had even stepped on stage. That marks the second time this month a spectator has hit the deck in his presence.

I did feel that while most of the music played during the event was in good taste, I thought certain picks, like Soft Cell's "Tainted Love", may have been somewhat disconcerting considering the occasion.

Murphy spokesperson Patrick Boland was overheard telling the press that there was little personal touch from the Congressman on his playlist.

My favorite quote of his speech; "They repealed arithmetic," referring to the dismissal of "pay as you go" budgeting rules after he left office.

And, some brief food for thought: Looking over final results from last year's special election for the NY-20 seat; while Murphy beat Jim Tedisco by 400 votes overall, Tedisco crushed him with over 4000 more votes in Saratoga County.

Is this a sign of things to come tomorrow night? Stay tuned!


Blogger Ben said...

Ha. Tainted love was a good call. <3 Clinton

November 2, 2010 at 9:06 PM 

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