A couple of weeks ago, the Ohio Democratic Party invited their supporters to come out for a major free event to show their grassroots power in opposition to Senate Bill 5.
Join the Ohio Democratic Party and thousands of other Ohioans for the Stand Up for Ohio festival on Saturday, August 20 from noon until dusk at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. This free festival will feature music from Grand Funk Railroad, The Ohio Players, and Over the Rhine. It’ll also have poetry from Ohio’s own Nikki Giovanni.
Oooo poetry! Yes, when I think of union gatherings, I think POETRY! (What’s that poem they recite about “union busting?”)
And look who they got to promote the event!
Yes, who better to promote an event to “fight for the American dream” than self-proclaimed communist Van Jones!
This event was going to be so big, that they created a website for it called “Bring Awesome Back!”
They implored people on their Facebook page to get out and show their solidarity:
Ok, all eyes will be on Ohio on Saturday. Kasich is giving the national response to the President about what a great job he is doing in Ohio. Media is still chasing the phony ‘negotiations’ charade. We can change the narrative with a massive turnout tomorrow…but only if YOU show up. Get up, stand up…at the state fairgrounds noon to dusk.
The folks over at GOHP Blog checked in on how massive the turnout was.
So when they opened the gates, supporters poured in by the bus loads, right? Well, maybe one really short bus:
And that’s their own photograph. Just to make sure we weren’t missing something, we tuned into their live web feed as well:
This is the support they receive? This is their united front? There’s more of an audience at local garage band concerts.
Looks like Ohioans are realizing We Are Ohio isn’t really something worth showing up for, let alone Standing Up with.
What an embarrassment. Where are the grassroots? Why didn’t thousands of Ohioans fill the fairgrounds? Come on people, they had poetry!
What’s even more embarrassing than that? Claiming that the event drew, get this, 25,000 people.
Well, some big names DID show up at the rally. Here’s Ted Strickland, still drawing the huge crowds he did during the campaign last year.
Of all of their photos, this one shows the most people.
Remember, they posted these photographs. Go view their entire album and try to believe that 25,000 were there. Looks more like 250.