In what looked more like a presidential rally than a gubernatorial one — there was confetti and rock music and a slew of television cameras — Palin followed the course that Perry has set throughout his campaign by repeatedly bashing Washington but never saying Hutchison’s name.
“What’s it going to be?” Palin asked the crowd of roughly 8,000. “The way they operate in D.C. or the way y’all get things done in Texas?”
Hutchison has scored the support of a number of Republican luminaries, including former President George H.W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney. But with Palin, Perry scored a A-lister who is more closely identified with the tea-party activists who are playing an increasingly important role in today’s GOP.
Sunday’s was a particularly raucous event in a campaign usually fought through television commercials, press releases and small gatherings around the state.
About 15,000 people formed a line that snaked around the Berry Center in Cypress, just northwest of Houston. They've come an hour early on Super Bowl Sunday to grab tickets and see the vice presidential nominee, and oh yes, Rick Perry.
The crowd is big, really big, for a governor's campaign and is more on the scale of a presidential rally.
Sarah and Rick arrive. George Straight blaring...
Folks, it doesn't get any better than this. I am literally in tears.
Oh my, her outfit is wild! Piper w/Sarah. Both standing right next to Ted. Rick speaking. "There's a game going on today, but the real action is here..."