Likely new Attorney General Martha Coakley addresses the Harry Truman pre-election rally in West Roxbury. Why post her photo? Why not? You know what all the candidates for governor look like already, no?
West Roxbury revived its old-fashioned night-before-the-election rally tonight - this was the first Truman rally in several years. Politicians of all stripes mounted the stairs to the platform for their five minutes of time in front of a gigantic flag. They asked for votes. They told political jokes you've heard a million times. The Boston Latin band played. Even the Prince of Darkness managed to leave his undisclosed location long enough to explain how only he stands between us and personal financial ruin (and yes, that really is a photo of him at the rally).
In all, it was cool to see this sort of retail politics in action - instead of just watching everything on TV, even if the closest we got to torchlights were the TV spotlights. The rally had a nice crowded feel, although it was held in a smallish parking lot, so it's not like the whole neighborhood came out.
We left before Kerry Healey because it was getting late and we hadn't had dinner, but at least we got to see the Zombies for Healey dragging themselves up Centre Street. OK, OK, that's not fair, just because this swarm of people carrrying Healey signs slowly marched up the street without saying a single word doesn't mean they were zombies. Besides, they didn't make a single move toward brave little Greta, valiantly trying to stave them off single-handedly by waving a Patrick sign in their faces.
Watch the Healey People coming right at us (2M QuickTime file).
As we left the Real Deal, there was rally organizer Steve Slyne, holding court as he always did, as if he hadn't retired and sold off his deli last year.
The Globe's David Dahl also attended and he needs to learn to dress warmer (really, David, it wasn't that cold).
When it comes to gigantic US flags, West Roxbury doesn't mess around:
Town Online has a slide show on the rally.