Tonight I rode with a couple friends up to Sprindale, the town immediately north of Fayetteville, to participate in a vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of Casey Sheehan, killed in Iraq. Cindy continues her own vigil outside Pres. Bush's Crawford, TX ranch.
Springdale has a reputation (deserved, I guess) for being much more conservative than Fayetteville, the "liberal" college town. Before tonight I had never been to any anti-war event in Springdale, and I don't recall ever having heard of one. Springdale is "heartland," typical of Northwest Arkansas which mostly votes Republican, except for the liberal enclave of Fayetteville. So how was our reception? Mostly positive, lots of honking horns, smiles, peace signs, waves. Only a few negative hand signals. Clearly a reflection of waning support for the war in the heartland.