It was another beautiful day on San Diego Bay, and the turnout for the National Doctors Tea Party was big. Best estimate would be 500-600 people. I arrived 20 minutes early, but there were already lots of people staking out prime real estate in front of the speakers' podium.
The Doctors' Tea Party was not organized by local Tea Party groups Tea Party Patriots or the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, but many members of these groups were happy to come support this event put on by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. They won't ever have to say, "First, they came for the doctors, and I did not speak out because I was not a doctor..."
I caught up with some old friends: Sarah Bond, Dawn Wildman, and Charles Fettinger. I also met some new friends including OC Tea Party organizer and RedCounty writer Megan Barth, and local conservative activist Woody Woodrum.
Here's the full speech by Sharron Angle, challenger for Harry Reid's Nevada Senate seat. She's not the most dynamic speaker, but she's not bad either. And she's right on all the issues. Apologies for the shaky video; close your eyes and listen.
I love seeing my fellow Fedbashers at every event, regardless of the day's theme.
A few pro-government-health-care counter-protesters gathered under the trees at the back of the field, but didn't make much of a ruckus.
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This is Dr. Donna Campbell, running for Congress in Texas. She's a good speaker and she'd make a great replacement for perma-Congressman Rep. Lloyd Doggett.
I didn't listen to all of the speakers (full lineup here), as I was walking around and talking to friends, and had to leave early.