The view from above at John McCain’s rally at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena today was pretty damn bleak.
In a stadium that seats 16,000, John McCain addressed a paltry “crowd of roughly 3,000 people.” Sam Stein notes on the the HuffPO that “Bloomberg News reported on Sunday, the campaign has been exaggerating its crowd numbers.”
Well, if the photos in Sam’s post say anything, they say John McCain isn’t too adept at drawing a crowd on his own.
As a matter of fact, apparently the latest thing in political celebrities drew a bigger crowd than McCain today.
Don’t expect the Palin phenomena to last too long though, because Americans are discovering that Palin is “politician—given to flip-flops, fibs, abuse of power, wasteful spending, and the rest of the familiar roster of venal sins that come with the territory.”
And now, the “focus is moving back to McCain, who has still not resolved the contradictions of his candidacy.”
At this point, McCain has taken the obvious way out—launching a series of distracting attacks on Barack Obama, with slim regard for truth.
The ads have spurred a backlash, the consequences (or lack) of which may well decide the election.
For 18 months, Obama has wagered all his chips on the (quaint? idealistic? brilliant?) idea that the American people are tired of the same old sleazy and divisive politics. McCain has now chosen to bet against him.
And we are the cards.
We are the cards, and I have my money on Barack Obama to win. With McCain admitting that his ads aren’t even worth the pledge he makes approving of them, it’s becoming increasingly clear that neither Palin or McCain are capable of the truth.
[Originally published at TaylorMarsh.com]