It looks as though I will be heading out on the trail shortly to start putting a dent in the $7,000 or so that total strangers have provided. Words cannot properly convey my gratitude and amazement in the faith you people seem to have in a little Midwestern girl and her fondness for foul language, politics, and hard-luck stories -- not in that order.
Due to the astronomical costs of traveling with a campaign, I am pretty sure that amount will run short of covering the trail through election day. (The cost of access to the McCain press center on election night alone is almost $700, not including the hotel room, or cost of getting there -- a single day of plane travel can be as much as $2,000, though it can also be less.) But I'll be keeping track, and posting a rough running total -- and continuing to offer new and exciting ways to participate in this grand experiment in citizen journalism. But don't worry, I'll pay for my own drinks. Or at least will make sure you don't have to.
My seat on the McCain plane has been temporarily hijacked -- I get it back Friday -- so tonight I'll be joining Palin for a few days, starting in Toledo tonight for a 9:30AM rally tomorrow. If you don't hear from me by 10, send help. Seriously: Not money, but help.
Northwest flight from DCA to TOL (connecting in Detriot): $296.00