What it is ain’t exactly clear. The gathering of the Minnesota blog clan was called for Keegan’s Pub in northeast Minneapolis last night by our Northern Alliance colleagues of Fraters Libertas. The gathering was a success, the beer was the real deal, the turnout was incredible. Readers and friends Chip and Barbara Allen stopped by; reader Matthew Salzwedel of the Lockridge Grindal Nauen law firm also joined the festivities. The gathering seemed to reflect a groundswell of enthusiasm and collegiality in support of the cause.
Among the blogs that have accounts of the festivities and the roster of those present are Belief Seeking Understanding, The American Mind, Three Sheets to the Wind, Shot in the Dark, Cathy in the Wright (with photos!), Captain’s Quarters, and the Fraters guys themselves (with a particularly conscientious set of links).
The looming master of all media Hugh Hewitt has been out promoting his new book If It’s Not Close They Can’t Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It. Hugh recounts a somewhat larger earthquake in Denver reflecting a phenomenon similar to the one we saw at Keegan’s:
If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I wouldn’t have believed it. After yesterday’s show I went to a book signing at Borders which began at 7:30 PM. I signed the last book/bookplate/”hello my name is” stickies at 1:36 AM. The KNUS 710 staff stopped counting the people when the number reached 1,200. Borders had ordered 500 books — far more than I had imagined the store would ever use. It was fun though my hand is still cramped, and thanks to everyone who came by, some of whom waited six-plus hours. There were some very inspiring stories, including many of parents, loved ones, and friends of military serving in Iraq or Afghanistan or recently returned from there. One couple, Rod and Cindy, brought along a picture of their three sons, two of whom are Marines currently deployed around Fallujah and the third of whom is a sailor on the U.S.S. Stenis. The three young men left college and enlisted after 9/11. It is very humbling to sign books for such great young Americans — and there are thousands of them — and I think they and their families represent the core of this country. I was honored to meet every single person in the line, and especially honored to meet the servicemen and women and their family members who came by.
The Rocky Mountain Alliance of blogs seems to have turned out in force for Hugh’s appearance. Hugh attributes the success of his book to radio and blogs.