crunchy con mommas, unite!

I didn't actually determine for sure that any of these moms would self-identify as a Crunchy Con. Shoot, I forgot even to ask any of them for their names. For all I know, they might go home and read Leo Strauss while they co-sleep with their babies.

At any rate, I was impressed with the number of babywearing moms I saw at the McCain-Palin rally yesterday. I had assumed that conservatives of any stripe were nearly non-existent in the babywearing-breastfeeding-cosleeping-attachment world. But there are at least a few in Fairfax, and I snapped pictures of some of them-- maybe a third of the ones I spotted. Check out these awesome moms and their babies:

Note the red sling. A friend of mine, who lives in Fairfax near the park where the rally took place, said, "There was so much red in Fairfax today, I thought it was Pentecost!"

As for the rally itself, I don't have much to add to what you've probably already heard. There were a LOT of people. I did not have a wide enough angle to capture them all in one shot. Can you find the Ergo mommy in the picture below?

When the Secret Service SUVs pulled up, people got a little bit excited. Signs went up. The crowd made a noise which really can only be described as a roar.

This moment cracked me up:

The speeches themselves were essentially condensed versions of the ones delivered at the national convention-- nothing earth-shatteringly new. But it was amusing to go and be counted. I'm not sure if I'll go to another political rally-- I'm not sure what the point is, other than to plump up the numbers for a candidate.

Oh! I almost forgot! It wouldn't be a Republican campaign rally without a protesting hippie. I hope it made him feel good that I took his picture. He evidently put a lot of work into those signs.

Actually, I appreciate his appeal for a civil discussion. Those are few and far between these days.


Kimberly said...

By the way, the count was something like 23,000, allegedly the largest rally for McCain yet.

Julia said...

Oh, I just love the hippie and his signs... And probably feel a bit of affinity with him, despite my choice in the primary being Ron Paul.

gid said...

Did you know that Palin is a babywearing mom? Here is a link:

gid said...

Oops, Let me try that link again:

Betty Beguiles said...

You can count me among the babywearing (etc.) conservative mamas. You can blame my liberal parents. It all stuck but the politics. ;)

I'm really enjoying your blog, btw.