I attended Three Tea Parties on Tax Day, 2010. The first picture is from the Northville Tea Party where I estimate 500-600 people showed up along Haggerty rd between 7 and 8 Mile (one of the busiest roads in all of Michigan). We were one or two people deep on one side for almost the entire mile of road. Also, the amount of honks and waves we received from cars passing by was much higher than I expected.
The next two pictures are from the Plymouth Tea Party where Thaddeus McCotter spoke and there were even more people than the Northville Tea Party. The final picture is from the Brighton Tea Party that had a reported 500 people in attendance. At all three events, I was wearing a Hoekstra for Governor T-Shirt with a Mitt Romney button and my big Mitt Romney sign from the book tour. The first person I talked to at the Northville rally was disgusted with the fact that I supported Mitt Romney. I tried to reason with him, but he didn’t respect my views and said something derogatory about Mitt’s religion. That wasn’t the best way to start off the day, but things quickly got better as approximately 20 people told me how much they liked Mitt during the hour I was in attendance at the Northville Tea Party.
As the day went on, I had one other person say they didn’t like Mitt because of some comment that Mark Levin had completely taken out of context. Fortunately, the person ended up conceding that it was possible that Mark Levin had taken Mitt out of context and that Mark Levin himself admitted in the same audio clip that he doesn’t actually know Mitt at all. I was very encouraged to meet far more Mitt supporters than detractors. Many seemed very excited at the prospect of a Romney-Palin ticket for 2012. However, I was also very encouraged that most of the people I met were far more interested in the 2010 races than the 2012 race. 2010 and 2012 are the biggest elections of my lifetime and we need to have as many informed voters as possible!
Keep in mind that these were some of the smaller events on tax day in Michigan (they just happened to be the ones closest to my house where the Hoekstra campaign asked me to volunteer).