He was the keynote speaker at the Wakefield Ruritan Club's annual gathering of politicos in the piney woods of Isle of Wight County where beer flowed freely and speechifying was the sport of the day.
A drizzly day as well as a special session in Richmond of the General Assembly squashed turnout. But the 1,200 who attended were full of the spirit of the day, and George Allen was hitting all the issues important to Americans. As reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
[Allen] said Americans are "disturbed and dismayed with a disconnected, out-of-touch government that seems to be against us." He said more Americans need to find work -- "the best social program is a job" -- and spoke of the need for energy independence and controls on spending to ensure the American dream.The prediction of many is that we will see more of George Allen ... much more. Can anyone say, "2012"?
"We need to rein in surging spending and skyrocketing indebtedness," Allen told the crowd. "New and higher taxes are not the answer."