Trump rally was a blast — like a family reunion — “hey, aren’t you Tim … uh, that car tabs guy?”

by | Aug 31, 2016

It was the Super Bowl, no doubt about it.  Yesterday’s Trump rally at Comcast arena in Everett was a blast.  Fellow political junkies everywhere, everyone smiling and laughing, hugs right and left (OK, hugs right and far right).  Hats, shirts, signs, bumper stickers.

        And one person after another stopping me, shaking my hand, and asking for a photo after hitting me with “hey, aren’t you Tim … uh, that car tabs guy?”  Too cool. 

        It was like a family reunion.  So many friends and supporters of our initiatives were there.  Lots of handshakes and pats on the back.  I said ‘thank you’ over and over and over again.

        And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s several thousand words worth from yesterday: 

Thanks to super supporter Larry Sundquist and great friend Don Benton, I was able to attend the fundraiser beforehand.  It was a real thrill to get a picture with “The Donald”.  I managed to get 4 words out of my mouth (which was tough because I was so star-struck meeting him):  “I admire your courage.”     

Here’s my vantage point during the rally.  Amazing energy and enthusiasm from thousands of smiling political junkies.

Yep, I got that close.

Here’s Trump revving up the folks at the fundraiser.

While waiting to get into Comcast arena, I ran into two of my favorite people:  Jane Milhans and Marlyn Jensen, both from Pierce County.  Love ’em both.

The screen overhead — too cool.

After the rally, the girl on the left came running up to me and said “can I get a picture with you?  You saved me so much on my car tabs, I just love you.”  She and her neat family came to the rally from Anacortes.

“Hey, you’re Tim … uh, that car tabs guy, right?  Mind if I get a picture with you?”  Loved it.

During the rally, I got to sit with longtime friend Cary Condotta and his 12 person caravan of Trump supporters from Chelan.  Cary is working super hard to gain the 2 seats necessary to take over the state house and fire Seattle Frank Chopp as Speaker. 

 I went to Hillary’s rally in Everett — it was civil, polite, and overall just fine.  I went to Bernie’s rally in Seattle — it certainly had its moments but frankly it’s pretty darn easy to be a progressive/liberal presidential candidate in Seattle. 

         Trump‘s rally?  The crackling energy and enthusiasm was off the charts.

         Being a conservative in Texas is easy.  Being a conservative in Washington is a whole lot tougher.  But it’s exactly because of that difficulty — the fact you’re constantly outnumbered — it gives you a sort of siege mentality, grit, and determination because you know you’re constantly behind enemy lines.  Above all, you develop a sense of humor.  So you get in an arena with 10,000+ like-minded happy warriors, and you can’t help but smile and enjoy yourself.  You don’t get mad at the yelling, screaming, red-faced protesters, you laugh at ’em. 

         Politics is critically important, but it’s also enormously fun.  I’m a political junkie.  I live and breathe this stuff 24/7/365.  So for me, yesterday was an absolute blast.  

          The voters’ passage of our Initiative 1366 last year certainly shows that the people are in no mood for tax hikes.  You can count on us to fight against next year’s tax-hiking insanity in Olympia. 

           Petitions for “We Love Our Cars” I-869 have been sent out (if you need more, just email or call).  Our polling shows it’s another big winner.  Please help us make it a reality.