Went to a election campaign event Monday night, held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI, featuring a trio of US Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and an actress from the Walking Dead, Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne. Not having ever watched that show, I didn't know who she was. I did recognize Congresswoman Dingell, who very briefly chatted with the guy in line in front of me as we waited to enter the auditorium. Apparently, she's getting a new refrigerator delivered tomorrow. Senator Peters looks like a mild mannered dude, but the guy has some fire hiding behind that genial face.
Senator Booker held the mic for 45 minutes, delivering a frankly inspirational speech, offering a vigorous endorsement of Hillary Clinton (these pols are all Democrats, if you weren't previously familiar with them), while rarely getting blatantly partisan, a very neat maneuver in this political environment. He did go after the governor of his state for a moment, couched in a plea for the college students in the crowd to not only vote in November, but to show up in 2018, as well. For the most part, Booker let the others attack the opposition, and peppered his own speech with positive vignettes broadly applicable, no matter which party you support.
My favorite might have been a sentence of 10 two letter words: "If it is to be, it is up to me."
Some of the quotes found on this page were among the points he reiterated tonight:
I have a fairly healthy cynical streak, but he seemed like the real deal. I was impressed.
And then, on the way out, I climbed the staircase from the basement level to the ground floor of the building while chatting with the third term senior Senator from the State of Michigan, Debbie Stabenow. Mostly just me thanking her for bringing Senator Booker to Ypsilanti, and thanking her for her work on behalf of our state, and saying that I looked forward to working for her re-election effort in a couple of years. This very important person seemed ordinary in the moment, no suited handlers in sight, leaning slightly on the handrail as any other 60-something person might, listening politely as I chattered in her direction.
As we got to the last step, I said thank you, again, and turned towards the doors leading to where I parked. It was only when I reached my car that I wondered how she might have reacted had I asked about her cameo in the Batman vs Superman movie.