Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Seeing Hillary Clinton at the Monona Terrace on the eve of the Wisconsin primary

Hillary Clinton Speaking in Madison on the Eve of the Wisconsin Primary

Peter Patau Photos

We were among the several thousand people who showed up on a cold winter night at the Monona Terrace Convention Center to hear Hillary speak emotionally about her passionate commitment to health care reform, economic and social justice and ending the Iraq war. She's not ceding Wisconsin to Barack Obama in today's primary without a fight. A lot is at stake today for her -- the Wisconsin primary is her last real chance to regain some of the momentum heading into the big primary showdowns in Texas, Ohio, and then Pennsylvanis.

The front of the hall is so stage-managed for the media at these events, with all the signs and the audience members selected to represent just the right demographics for the TV cameras. I prefer to see who has wandered into the back of the hall. These are among the 3,000 people who braved a very cold Madison night to make the trip to the Monona Terrace.

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