I don’t know why I’m crying …

… but I am. Just sobbing. Tears rolling. Glasses fogging up. VIDEO is posted beneat the TEXT. Read this. Please. Then watch the video. After the video link, I’ve posted the latest Colorado election poll numbers.

October 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado

As the governor was en route to the amphitheatre they were told the crowd was showing “strong numbers”.  What greeted him was a lot more than just “strong numbers” though.  It was a massive wave of thousands and thousands of supporters.  Before going on the governor apparently peeked out a few times and was shaking his head in disbelief at just how many people were there to see him.  He was told by organizers up to a thousand more were turned away because there simply wasn’t any room left.  People said you could feel the size of the crowd under your feet backstage.  Somebody had passed out a ton of “thundersticks” and the people were banging them together and making this amazing rumbling noise.  There were some real veteran campaigners backstage and I’m told they were all blown away by this crowd in Colorado.  It really was like some big time rock show.  Just a huge response for the governor.

So Governor Romney goes onstage and gives his speech.  The crowd just totally embraces him.  From beginning to end.  Every word.  They are fired up. Loud.  Positive.  Cheering.  Just an amazing moment for the campaign.  Everybody backstage were all smiles and peeking out at all those people and shaking their heads.  This is the kind of moment in a campaign you never forget. Ever. Nobody who hasn’t experienced it can really understand this feeling.  You’re looking at a candidate being transformed right in front of your eyes into the next Leader of the Free World.  They go from being human into something just a bit more. It’s all those people.  That energy.  It kind of fills the candidate up and makes them bigger than life.  And you are watching it happen in real time.  Right then.

The governor returns backstage and he is smiling and shaking hands, taking congratulations from everybody around him.  He’s saying how great it was.  Somebody yells out he’s going to win Colorado and the governor laughs and says he thinks so too.  And then something very interesting happens.  He moves away from the group of people just a bit.  Maybe ten or fifteen feet or so.  Just enough to have a little space to himself.  And enough people notice that the area gets a lot more quiet, and they are trying to watch the governor without looking like they are watching the governor.  They can all kind of tell something is happening right then.  It was described as something very peaceful and powerful that came over that backstage area for a moment.  And the governor, he lowers his head and his eyes shut tight and you could see him take a slow deep breath and then he lets it out and says quietly, but just loud enough for some to hear, “Lord, if this is your will, please help to make me worthy.  Please give me the strength Lord.”  And then his eyes open up, and he’s back to smiling and laughing and shaking hands and being the candidate once again.

I’m 100% convinced Mitt Romney was shaken to his soul right then and there.  I think at that moment it was sinking in he might really be the next American president, and it humbled him right to his core, in every nerve of his body.  And as he was saying that little prayer, you could hear the sound of thunder from all those thundersticks outside. Like this huge low rumble that just surrounded all of them at once.  A quiet little prayer, and the sound of thunder.

The sound of God.

[Bold added by CtH]


Oct 23, 2012: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Denver Colorado (9 electoral votes)
Over 10.000 people packed Red Rocks Amphitheater [8:55]
You can see the thundersticks in the audience


NBC News/WSJ/Marist Poll of Likely Voters in Colorado
September 2012  = Obama 50% vs. Romney 45% vs. Other 1% vs. Undecided 4%
October 25, 2012 = Obama 48% vs. Romney 48% vs. Other 2% vs. Undecided 2%

Rasmussen/PPP October 21: Both show Obama 48% vs. Romney 49%



Click to access NBC%20News_WSJ_Marist%20Poll%20Colorado%20Annotated%20Questionnaire_October%2025%202012.pdf



Filed under Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Polls

25 responses to “I don’t know why I’m crying …

  1. Me too, Chrissy. Me, too.
    That night, our oldest son had a gal friend relaying him texts from the line of cars behind RR Park near Morrison. She claimed that they were turned away only 20 cars back from the gate, but they weren’t too disappointed. They could feel the energy, and the whole valley behind the hogback was filled with headlights and traffic and police. Must have been a special night.


  2. Do not cry, keep praying for your nation.

    I am convinced, more than ever that if it is God’s Will, then Romney will be elected. People need to pray to do the right thing.


  3. What A Hoot

    Makes me uncomfortable the whole “..hand of God” thing. Sorry. To me, his private moment is fine, but adding the rest, making the thunder of cheering people, who are cheering for a man, into the a God moment gets under my skin. Turns Mitt into something bigger than he is and God into something smaller than he is. The emotions are very real but diminished by trying to articulate as a God moment. I in no way intend this to be disrespectful or minimize the goodness of Mitt but bringing all the God stuff into it is, frankly, blasphemy.


    • GP

      I get what you are saying but the blogger stated that is how she felt at first too. But then she realized that people were not moved by Mitt the man. They are not following him as the next messiah. They (we) realize that here is a man who believes that God is guiding him and is still the only one to be worshipped.
      This is not about worshiping a man on earth. This is about exhalting the power in the divine.
      These participants could feel the energy of thousands of people who gather in HIS name.
      This is what it really means to BELIEVE.


      • I don’t think it was intended to be blasphemous, but I agree with Mindful — I would have left off that final sentence. I can see how it would seem at least presumptuous. 🙂 I’m sure the people who were there experienced it as something more than a merely physical event. After four years of watching helplessly as the Obamas and their henchmen have been doing their level best to destroy the country we love, it’s finally feeling all right to hope that our long national nightmare may be coming to an end. That makes people euphoric and giddy and thus prone to using somewhat overblown rhetoric (like “the sound of God”) in an attempt to describe the moment.


      • Like you, GP, I think I get what Hoot’s uncomfortable with here, but I agree with you that there’s a distinct difference between what’s portrayed here, which is praise of a political leader for his humility before God, and actual blasphemy. I agree with Hoot that the final “voice of God” statement was a problem, because it might indicate that God was on this crowd’s side, and that is disturbing. I interpreted to be that the thunder was the “voice of God,” which is less troublesome. True, the crowd’s thundersticks cause a mixing of meaning there, but the author of the comment was only stating his/her opinion in that metaphor, and we are not in the business of censoring (or censuring) people because they make such statements. We are not Democrats. Further, how is it blasphemy to say out loud that God, himself, might have a problem with the almighty Obama, and add his own voice to the fray? I don’t think that’s blasphemy. THIS is blasphemy:


    • Hoot, were you there? Someone who was standing in line at Red Rocks took this picture, and it looks a lot like you.


  4. GP

    Chrissie, I am so glad you highlighted this. I thought it might get lost in the prayer comments.
    I too was moved to tears when I read it. I have been in places when I felt the powerful energy of people gathered like this who had the same moving experience. It happens to me every year at the Usana convention when I hear all the inspirational stories of people who have changed their lives by never giving up and keeping the faith. It is so amazing to be among thousands of happy and healthy people.
    I think that is what these people were all feeling at this gathering and what we feel just by reading this. Red Rocks is such a spiritual place. I was there once with a couple of friends watching the sunrise. We were all alone. I will never forget how magical it was.
    So the combination of the spirits that dwell at Red Rocks, the people gathered in the hope of seeing a man who can help us get America back, and then seeing that man put his faith in Gods hands, is so moving.
    It is as if all the stars aligned to give us hope that we will come out of this darkness.
    It was not about Mitt.
    It was about the healing powers of the God within us all.
    Whenever two shall gather in his name.
    There is love.


  5. There’s an old saying about writing, I’ve certainly found true. Throw out your first and last chapter (or equivalent depending on length). Nothing against the thought. Were I an editor, I’d suggest the last line should have been left to the reader’s imagination. My 2¢ worth of criticism on a truly glad-to-have-it story.