A Side Note:
As predicted, the room was full of Democratic pols and candidates -- Mike Doyle, Dan Onorato, Luke Ravenstahl, Valerie McDonald Roberts, Bill Peduto, Tonya Payne, Michael Lamb, Ed Gainey, Jim Burn, Carmella Mullen, numerous ACDC members, and a host of others were present.
Before Gov. Rendell and our next Senator from PA, Bob Casey, arrived, the names of elected officials in attendance were announced from the stage. People were still milling about, eating and talking when The Ghost of Election Future made a surprise appearance.
Up to that point, no one's name was drawing any reaction from those assembled. That changed when they announced Bill Peduto's name. Long, loud, sustained cheers and applause went up from many in the crowd. Valerie McDonald Roberts was announced next to some good applause...and then Mayor Ravenstahl's name was announced. His name was met with applause, but nothing like the reception Peduto received. Looks like people had more than just November 7th's election on their minds . . .