Saturday, August 21, 2004

A Blue Stater Travels Through Red States, Part II

Dateline: Wilmington, N.C.

The Marks are wearing our home-made Kerry-Edwards shirts. We've made four for each of us, or 12 overall. Today, I'm wearing "We need democracy, not an aristocracy," Heather is donning one that has the Bill Clinton quote, "Strength and Wisdom are Not Opposing Values," and Alexander's says, "It's Time for a Real New England Patriot."

I'm not sure whether to be nervous or not, but this is Edwards country, after all. And I figure people have worn worse things at the North Carolina Aquarium.

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We’re on NC 132 in Wilmington when we spot local firefighters at a traffic light, raising money for a local children's cause.

I roll down the window and hand over $2. “You have to promise that you'll all vote for Kerry," I plead, "because Bush isn’t supporting the police and firefighters.”

“You don’t have to tell me,” the firefighter says. “I’m a registered Republican, but I’m voting for Kerry. A bunch of us are. We know what Bush has done.”

We drive away, and Heather and I celebrate the moment.

David

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