Last evening my wife, Karen, and I, along with my inlaws, Linda and Gene, and Ed Morrissey (Hotair.com) and his First Mate, Marsha, attended an event at Minnesota's Orchestra Hall. It was billed as "Talk The Vote" and featured Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved and Dennis Prager. It was primarily a pump up the base event, designed to bolster the faithful. Since all three men are gifted speakers as well as solid thinkers, the base was indeed pumped. The audience's respect and admiration for (as Hewitt called them) the "Three Tenors of Talk" was apparent from the immediate, multiple, spontaneous standing ovations each received.
Ed's contacts with AM 1280 The Patriot, where he has a weekly radio show with his Northern Alliance Radio Network cohorts, enabled us to have VIP tickets. We sat second row, center. Perfect.
The VIP Ticket
Before it began, Ed interviewed someone I should know
but can't quite place. It's kind of driving me nuts.
I'll update when I figure it out.
James Lileks was Hewitt's private MC
Hugh introduced the "Three Tenors of Talk"
Dennis Prager brought out some guy who wanted to
give him a cigar - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
Senator Norm Coleman was there. He seems to be a very good man.
Congressman Michelle Bachman was there. Sorry,
I took the photos with my cell phone.
Ed monitored one of the microphones for people who had questions.
It was interesting being in a room with 3000 Republicans—in Minnesota that's a rarity. My thanks to Ed Morrissey, AM 1280, and RightChange.com, their co-sponser of the event. Fun was had by all.
Update: Ed has posted the video he shot last night in two seperate posts. The first contains the speeches of Hewitt, Medved, and Prager. The second is video of the political candidates in attendance, Coleman, Bachman, and Pawlenty. Both are well worth viewing, all of the speeches are worth the time, but if you are only going to listen to one I'd recommend Prager.
Update: Duh! It's Hinderaker.
Update: Hello Hot Air readers! If you didn't already do it, you should take the time to go back and actually watch Ed's videos of the Three Tenors of Talk. They will lift your spirits and remind you why you are a conservative.