The trouble with giant rallies is the same as that with the moderate Republicans' precious "minority votes".

When Bush won his landslide victory for governor of Texas, he got a huge segment of the minority vote. He never got over it. Through all the years when Republicans were telling conservative white Democrats to go to hell and predicting they would get the "Negro vote" the next time around, they always pointed to the fact that in the landslide of 1952 Eisenhower got over forty percent of the Negro vote.

I was the ONLY person who pointed out, over and over and over, as usual, that Republicans got the minority ONLY when they didn't NEED it. They NEVER got over ten percent of it when it made a DIFFERENCE in the OUTCOME. In every close election, Democrats got over ninety percent of that vote.

The same is true of giant rallies. In the pro-Confederate flag rally thousands showed up, but when the anti-flag rally took place, the city was choked with all the blacks and a few white toadies.

When this was pointed out to me, I said, "And how many SWING votes were in each rally?"

As usual, only I asked that.

Governor Beasley not only lost his bid for re-election, his political career was completely destroyed just as BOTH South Carolina senators were getting ready to retire. Not only that, but for once everyone admitted it was his switch on the Flag that ruined him.

The Nazi Party got 200,000 votes in 1928. After the war, a substantial proportion of those who marched in the 1933 victory parade and came to the Nuremberg rallies cheered as those same Party leaders were legally lynched.

ALL governments are oligarchies. "Victory has many fathers, defeat none."