Butch was a rigger, a machinery mover, he said, and he spoke with the inflections and grammar that reminded me of my working-class neighborhood in Rochester, New York, when people there still could get jobs at Kodak and General Motors. The younger fellow next to him joined in on the conversation. The biggest guy who sat next to the driver did not say much. All were sent by Pennsylvania Working Families, a front group for ACORN.
Butch and his friend had said earlier, “We’ve got a reporter here,” when they saw me with my pen and pad. “Who do you write for?” they asked. I told them I was a freelancer and that one of the publications I wrote for was PJ Media. Had never heard of it, they said.
Butch, in spite of his manual labor job, seemed to have had enough time to learn a lot of talking points and seemed to know about various bills, like the Bring Jobs Home Act (failure due to Republicans in his estimation). “What about the first two years when Democrats controlled both houses?” I asked.
Working families is neither Democrat nor Republican, they told me. Both parties are controlled by the “banksters.” This is where the guy in the Ron Paul t-shirt agreed. He came to report for an entertainment newspaper in Columbus, Georgia, where he works as a bartender. To their friendly invitations of “we need to work together,” he responded agreeably.