The event at Deep Run High School drew a substantial crowd of activists and well-wishers. It also drew the traveling press corps, which, like a roving band of electronic minstrels, was marched in a side door to the event and promptly began searching for electrical outlets and places to stash their luggage.

Before Ryan took the stage, a series of Virginia electeds got their turn at the mic. Sen. Ryan McDougle kicked things off by pulling out a map of Virginia, his gift to Vice President Joe Biden, who on an earlier swing through the state managed to confuse the commonwealth with North Carolina.

Kay Cole James followed McDougle to offer the invocation. But before she did that, she pointed out how refreshing it was to have folks on the ticket who “had the audacity to believe in prayer.” That got the crowd going.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling took to the podium next and delivered an electric performance, bringing repeated cheers and even some foot stomping in the bleachers from the crowd.

In short, Bolling stole the show.

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]

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