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McCain Stadium Rally Has Tickets to Spare

By Robert Barnes
DAYTON, Ohio -- While Obamaniacs competed for tickets and withstood long lines to see their hero at Denver's Invesco Field, John McCain's rumored announcement of his running mate here tomorrow is not exactly drawing the same interest.

McCain arrived here tonight to news reports that free tickets are still available to his rally tomorrow at a basketball arena at Wright State University. The Nutter Center has a capacity of about 12,000.

While McCain aides have mocked as grandiose Obama's plan to give his acceptance speech before more than 75,000 at the stadium where the Denver Broncos play, McCain's events Saturday and Sunday on his "Road to the Convention" tour are also at stadiums.

Minor league stadiums. Home to the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the Frontier League, and the River City Rascals of O'Fallon, Mo.

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Obama says his grandmother is too old to travel from HI to the convention, what about his brother George Hussein Obama living in a hut in Kenya on $1 a month...he's only 26 years old, Barry couldn't send him a plane ticket and some $$ so he could come visit in America??? Barry ignores his little brother living in a shack. He ignores the rest of his family living in Kenya. They would be "too much of a distraction."

Posted by: sc341 | August 31, 2008 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see the Gallup today! How many people are in a stadium is not how we decide our election thank goodness. We do it through debating ideas! But, for those who want to work it out the old fashioned way, take a look at this real-time poll at http://www.bop-o-rama.com. Oh and by the way, you can register to vote there too.

Posted by: Who cares? | August 29, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The fact that so many people want to see Obama just proves he is an out of touch celebrity. The fact that hardly anyone wants to see McCain demonstrates that he has the common touch.

Its common sense, no?

Posted by: Linus Bern | August 29, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It's hilarious how a lot of the republican trolls contend that the people who attended yesterdays DNC "don't work." It's the Blue States tax dollars that pay for most of the services in the conservative red states, so yes, we do work. We work so that conservatives can have a better quality of life. So despite your fear mongering and divisive tactics, we're all brothers and sisters. Despite your stamp-approved policies that have increased our national debt from five to almost nine trillion, your secret meetings with oil companies to make energy policies, warrant-less wiretapping, catastrophic war policies that have resulted in over 4000 of our soldiers dead, despite all of this, we're still partners. But don't expect us to let you try to run things again. Little republican brothers and sisters, you guys are GROUNDED. Now go to your rooms and let the Democratic parents make things right.

Posted by: Hung Nguyen | August 29, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

McCain can't generate enough interest to fill a junior college gynasium. The largest audience he has drawn up to now is about 3000 people. I believe McCain won't garner 200 electoral votes and that Obama will win the popular vote by double digits. McCain and the vast majority of Republican candidates are going to look back and wonder how could professional pollsters have been so wrong in predicting a "close" election. The reason McCain has wanted "intimate" town hall type venues for debates rather than bigger ones is because many more Obama supporters would be in the audience than McCain supporters in bigger venues. The proportional lack of support for McCain would be cleary obvious in bigger venues.

Posted by: osage | August 29, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Obama's huge crowd was full of people who don't work, that is how they "attended" the rally.

Posted by: florida | August 29, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Half of the Republican office holders won't show at the R-Convention for fear of being photographed with Bush or Cheney. I want the TV cameras to show all the empty seats. The perfect image of the empty ideology of a failed Party!

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 29, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

ManUnitdFan:

I'm storing up treasure in Heaven (much more valuable than earthly rewards ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 29, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

For everyone denouncing Obama's rally tonight as spectacle, remember that what happened tonight in Denver was a historic moment for the whole country. This isn't just another Democrat being nominated for President. Obama is our country's first African American Presidential nominee. Just one generation from segregation. And isn't that the American promise?

You would have seen the same kind of spectacle if Hillary Clinton had won the nomination for the same reasons. Say what you will about their politics, this is an amazing moment for this country.

Posted by: cgpunker | August 29, 2008 7:16 AM | Report abuse

to tval @12:22

total student population at Wright State is 16088, according to their web site. So where did the other 19000 come from? (assuming that every college student went)

here's some news: there is an enthusiasm gap that auto-responding trolls cannot dampen. The current conservatives remind me of Nixon in 1960, facing an inexperienced but inspired young JFK. I'm not saying Obama is a Kennedy, but he certainly inspires like one.

Posted by: dp | August 29, 2008 6:47 AM | Report abuse

It would be nice to go, but myself and all the people I'd want to go with must work.

I don't know how all those Obamites found the time to attend his speech.

Posted by: smokey | August 29, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

Was there a game last night in Denver, somebody said that the Denver Jack-asses lost again.

Posted by: I'm John Mccain and I approve this message | August 29, 2008 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Obamiacs, I know what your feeling, hard to sleep as November comes closer. Your scared. It's the victim approach your feeling, McCain will win, your already rehearsing your "We got screwed" speech. Because your thinking that your thoughts will become truth. McCain will be the next president, the bible beating states want it that way, majority rules. It's just the way it is. Better luck next time. Go with Hillary in 2012, then go with Hillary and Obama in 2016. Democrats are modern day Robin Hoods, just remember that Hood was a no law abiding thief wanted by authorities. Hell where do you think the reference to "He/she is a Hood" came from?

Posted by: Nobama | August 29, 2008 4:52 AM | Report abuse

I see your point, Rhonda. What do think is exciting about McCain/Romney?

Posted by: Damian Rumchapel | August 29, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

DON'T YOU GET IT? THE CONSERVATIVES AND RUSH LIMBAUGH ARE NOT VERY HAPPY WITH MCCAIN AS THEIR CANDIDATE. RUSH LIMBAUGH INTIALLY TRIED "OPERATION CHAOS" TO GET RID OF MCCAIN BUT FAILED. THE CONSERVATIVES SAY MCCAIN IS NOT CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH, THIS IS RESULTING IN LACK OF ANY REAL ENTHUSIASM.

Posted by: FLORIDA BABY! | August 29, 2008 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Hillary was ass raped by the DNC.

A complete screw job of A1 proportions; all to appease the African Americans in the party.

The left wing has taken over the asylum and will ruin what was a guaranteed November victory sending it straight over a cliff.


McCain wins by 7%. Bank it.

Posted by: Dan | August 29, 2008 3:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain pushes the POW stuff so much it's sickening. He's an old fart who can't bother to pay attention to world news, just his lover Bush. But that's okay. Grampy McSane is only supposed to take orders from corporations and get us into world war 23 so the evangelists can float to Heaven. Keep your dog away from Weird Underwear Romney. His son tells a story about how he road across country with a dog in a kennel while stuff dripped down the windows. And the man wouldn't let the dog out. That's compassion.

Posted by: Robert Greene | August 29, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps it is because McCain, as an orator, has all the electricity of a 9 volt battery.

Posted by: militaryfamily | August 29, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama bin Biden will kill free speech, increase demand on welfare, tax the living F**K out of the working people (BOTH rich and middle class), shut down our nuclear defense system, have "talks" with terrorist nations, and having us all doing the "heil O" in the first four years. No thank you!

Saul Alinsky is both Hussein's and Hillary's hero. Look him up. He is not alive, but his radical ideologies run rampant through the veins of The Messiah. Lets put it this way: Alinsky wrote a "bible" for radicals, and dedicated it to Satan. You can look that up too. This bible centered on "stupifiying" the general public into submission. Looks like it's working.

Obamaniacs need get in touch with reality before they kill this country.

Posted by: "TypicalWhitePerson" | August 29, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

What John can't kidnap enough seniors from the retirement homes to fill his venue

Posted by: Trina | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

@Steadyrock 12:32am, Hey, just to inform you the event with Joe Biden in Springfield, IL had a crowd of 35,000. What say you, now?

http://www.sj-r.com/homepage/x2090470846/Crowd-estimated-at-20-000-for-Obama-Biden-appearance

Posted by: Major Man | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Apples and oranges. What kind of draw did Obama have when he announced Joe as his VP? Tonight was his acceptance speech, it's a totally different animal from what is basically a dressed up presser telling the world who your veep will be. When McCain gives his acceptance speech, he'll draw a big crowd too.

Posted by: steadyrock | August 29, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain is pitiful.

Posted by: Kent | August 29, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Also something to think about (though I've not read all of the above posts yet):
Obama's rally took place while classes were in session and a great portion of the attendings were college students (Wright State has quite the liberal stance); however, currently, summer courses are at an end and the University is not well populated at all. It may be that McCain just picked the wrong place and time for his own follow-up. Or just that he does not stand a chance in the area altogether :-\.

Posted by: tval | August 29, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

McCain is pathetic.

Posted by: Kent | August 29, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Observer -
Great post. I've always wondered why so many people who the Republican Party doesn't give a rats patootie about spend so much time defending them. I mean, if you're not making more than $1M a year, you and your family and your needs don't even enter their minds.

Posted by: cgpunker | August 28, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Do you really think that it will be Romney??

That would be great!! Then Romney could keep his seven wives in each one of McCain's seven houses! Woooo Hoooo!

Posted by: Jeffrey Smith | August 28, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Mike -

You are exactly correct. Repblicans, despite donning NASCAR hats and wrapping themselves in the flag, are the party of the proverbial silver spoon.

For bonus points, which political family made a large part of its fortune by doing business with the Nazi Third Reich?

Give up? The Bushes. Prescott Bush was even doing business with Nazi Germany after the Congress had passed the Trading with the Enemies Act.

So I guess to clarify your point, that Republicans don't need unemployment benefits - it kind of makes sense in a twisted way. You will abandon principle to keep your wallet fat.

Posted by: Observer | August 28, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Mike, I wouldn't mind an overhaul of the welfare and unemployment system that focuses on giving back and learning skills. But slashing?
Sure the Republicans don't mind. They've never minded forcing people out of their jobs and then ignoring them. I think it's a mistake when the greatest country in the world would rather see it's citizens suffer than give them the help they need to get back on their feet and support themselves and their families.

Remember "teach a man to fish". It's important.

Posted by: cgpunker | August 28, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"Everybody works in this country, not just the Republicans. Every one of us."

So you'd have no problem with slashing welfare and unemployment insurance? I know Republicans don't mind.

Posted by: Mike | August 28, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I do believe that deriding the ability to draw a crowd as nothing more than showmanship misses the point. Barack Obama inspires America, and people want to see that in person. Historic, inspirational moments come along not too often. The enthusiasm generated by his leadership will have a tangible impact on those who actually vote. Poor attendence, a lack of interest, and lipservice support will not provide an uninspiring Faust the votes he needs.

And anonymous: allow me to speak comparitively. John McCain (III) was grandfathered into the Naval Academy by his family. Despite the benefits of nepotism he finished nearly last in his graduating class. Eith McCain was lazy, or he is an imbecile. His career in the senate has been largely funded by his wife's family. McCain is born of privilege.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, worked his way into the best institutions in the country. He was recognized by the University of Chicago Law School (one of the top four in the country) as accomplished, insightful, and eloquent; he is on staff there and teaches constitutional law. Forgive me for perhaps relying on the judgement of some of the most brialliant legal minds the country has to offer, rather than the capitalized letters of an angry GOP troll.

Posted by: Observer | August 28, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Comments like these are some of the best comedy around:
"Republicans have jobs to go to and families to take care of. Democrats have nothing better to do than listen to an empty suit read a teleprompter."

Seriously? Oh, thank goodness you upstanding moralistic Republicans are too busy working while the rest of us Democrats are lounging around in our 7 homes....oh, wait. Everybody works in this country, not just the Republicans. Every one of us. At least those of us who have managed not to have our jobs blown up in the last 8 years.


Posted by: cgpunker | August 28, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like people are staying away in droves from Jonah McCain. Must be that Ahab thing he does.

Posted by: Ishmael | August 28, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

To my discredit, I'm constantly amazed how partisanship make liberals and conservatives alike just a little bit crazy. Conservatives believing tbat Obama is Muslim and liberals believing G. Bush will declare martial law and stay in office if Obama wins. Then again, most of the country believes in angels.

Posted by: David E. | August 28, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have jobs to go to and families to take care of. Democrats have nothing better to do than listen to an empty suit read a teleprompter.

Posted by: Suzy | August 28, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Damian----I knew that when I wrote it. My point was, you want excitement, give me something to be excited about. McCain/Romney08.

Posted by: Rhonda | August 28, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey demright02
do you really think attendance at a political event means anything. The only attendance that counts is in the voting booth in November and there will be a lot of people attending that event for McCain.
Why do you think the polls are even?

Posted by: dem52 | August 28, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I really get a kick out of the media mocking low attendance at a McCain event. That is because people who are going to vote for McCain are WORKING, they have jobs and responsibilities.

I have never been to a political rally in my life. I have voted in every election since I was 18 -- and I will be voting again in November, after work!

Posted by: dem52 | August 28, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the Dems.. flocking to Invesco Stadium... flock like sheep to the pen.

Posted by: dasher | August 28, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Rhonda, McCain only wants your vote, nothing more...

Posted by: Damian Rumchapel | August 28, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, he's a minor league guy. From POW to PTBNL.

Posted by: Kevin | August 28, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

How did McCain make his money? He worked for his father-in-law who was a mobster whose partner MURDERED a real journalist in Arizona to prevent him from writing about Keating and the McCain and mob's looting of the S&Ls. Explosive story. When will the Post cover it?

Posted by: McMafia | August 28, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Obama's little video, notice, he leaves out half of his life, you know, all that muslim stuff! He say's I am my brothers keeper, be glad you are not his brother, brother George Hussein lives in a hut!

McCain, needs to make a good decision for Vice President otherwise he gets my vote and nothing more. McCain/Romney08

Posted by: Rhonda | August 28, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments only shows a bunch of snotty thinking. OBAMA comes across as a remarkable man and afther I got over the shock of "thinking race," I have learned to admire him. Poor old McCain could have won my vote. I am a registered Republican. But, come on! There is no charisma and little life left in that man. Mitt Romney I would have voted for for president. NOW, I am just sick of it all and for me---I plan to vote for RALPH NADER. I want out of the soup.

Posted by: Ginny, Cambridge, OH | August 28, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Poor anonymous, like all caps is supposed to make us believe you are intelligent. McCain-Romney, please let it be so. The real rightie repubs don't like McCain much and they hate Romney. These two have changed their positions so many times we could call it the revolving door ticket. Obama is not a failed lawyer, he taught law. He also worked in the community with the unemployed. He worked and made money in the private sector, something mccain hasn't done, living off taxpayer money his whole life. s for missing votes, yes he has this year missed several while campaigning, but has been there for important issues, like the GI Bill. Whereas mccain has not been seen in DC this year, has not voted on a single bill,including the GI Bill, but he takes credit from bush for its passage. Fraud that he is. Please take a chill pill and unlock the caps.

Posted by: mike l | August 28, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Romney is a soul-less Ken doll and not much more. Actually pair him with Malibu Cindy and they'd make the perfect Stepford first family.

Posted by: Jeff | August 28, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

EVERYONE WILL HAIL MITT ROMNEY TOMORROW MORNING AS THE BRILLIANT NEW VP -THE MCCAIN/ROMNEY TEAM WILL RUN CIRCLES AROUND THOSE TWO LYING KNUCKLEHEADED PLAGIARISTS-OBAMA/BIDEN! SHEESH! FOR DEMS. WHO DON'T LIKE OBAMA, THIS ISN'T EVEN CLOSE! MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DEMS. WILL CROSS OVER TO VOTE THE REPUBLICAN TICKET OF MCCAIN/ROMNEY-BRILLIANT!

DEMS. FOR MCCAIN/ROMNEY 08'

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

demnow, care to explain your statement that the Democrats now endorse racism and voter disenfranchisement? I've seen neither. In fact, Ive seen the Democrats with a multi-national candidate for president. Had they endorsed racism, would Barack Obama have ever seen the light of day. Disenfranchise? Who? If you are going to bring up the Fla. and Mich. Hillary delegates whose states did not follow the rules SHE AGREED TO, they were all given their full voting rights at the convention. She still lost. Considering that the majority of Obama's supporters are white, your racism argument goes out the window. I guess you are not a real Dem, but another repub trying to make a another stupid point.

Posted by: mike l | August 28, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

'Barack Obama is an accomplished legal scholar, with a history of organizing and a strong legislative record."

THAT'S THE MOST HYSTERICAL GROUPSPEAK LIE I'VE HEARD IN OH, ABOUT TWO DAYS? "ACCOMPLISHED LEGAL SCHOLAR?" WHAT ARE YOU JOKING ME? OBAMA HAS NEVER DONE AN EFFING THING WITH HIS PRECIOUS JD HARVARD LAW DEGREE MY FRIEND-NADA, ZILCH, NOT EVEN LEARN TO BECOME A GOOD LAWYER-WHY? TOO HARD-AND OBAMA DOESN'T DO ANYTHING IF IT TAKES HARD WORK-THAT'S NOT HIS THING!

STRONG LEGISLATIVE RECORD? YOU MEAN, WHEN HE'S VOTED "ABSENT" OVER 50% OF THE TIME-WHAT FRICKING "LEGISLATIVE RECORD" YOU DOPE!

WOW TALK ABOUT DRINKING THE MESSIAH'S KOOL-AID-YOU NEED A STRONG ANTIDOTE, THERE LITTLE KIDDIE!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Republicans Jumping Ship
Citing social issues, local GOP officials are abandoning their party in droves
By Hans Johnson

Many local GOP officials are citing their party's increasingly conservative views on social issues -- such as abortion rights, stem-cell research and same-sex marriage -- as reasons for defecting.

A wave of GOP state legislators and other officials is defecting from the Republican Party, exposing the role that an increasingly hard line on social issues may be playing in driving out moderates. The departures weaken the GOP as it confronts another challenging election.

“I don’t think Ronald Reagan would recognize the party anymore,” Wisconsin state Rep. Jeff Wood told the Chippewa Herald on July 8.

Wood announced he was leaving the Republicans to become an independent. In a closely divided state — where each of the major parties narrowly controls one chamber — Wood’s switch underscores widespread concern over conservatives’ embrace of big government on issues such as war spending and eavesdropping.

“The party continues to try to prove Ben Franklin wrong, trying to buy security by sacrificing liberty,” Wood said.

Others who are leaving the GOP in states essential to Republican electoral strategies are even announcing as Democrats.

“I am not leaving the Republican Party as much as I believe the Republican Party left me,” four-term Colorado state Rep. Debbie Stafford told the Associated Press.

To welcome Stafford into their ranks, state Democrats recently gave her a jersey bearing the number “40.” That is the number of seats her caucus-mates now hold in the state House, where they command a once-unthinkable 40-25 margin over minority Republicans.

In Missouri — the state in which presidential outcome most reliably mirrors the national result — a former Republican and state senator, Chris Koster, said Republicans have misread the politics of abortion and biotechnology. The party’s rigid rejection of research opportunities inherent in stem cells and threats by ideologues to punish scientists who disobey them badly hurt the state’s image.

“Go to Boston for your Nobel Prize; come to Missouri for your leg irons,” Koster joked during the press conference announcing his switch.

Koster recently won a competitive Democratic primary for state attorney general. Chris Benjamin, who vied to replace Koster in his 31st District senate seat, also switched parties early this year to become a Democrat.

The trend extends to Republicans in once reliably “red zones” — or GOP-leaning areas — in predominantly Democratic states. Local leaders are rethinking their allegiance and changing their party affiliation. In at least three cases, party-switchers in these once-conservative suburban regions have cited right-wing attacks against abortion and gay rights as major motivations for their change.

“You find yourself, over time, on many issues, being more aligned with Democrats,” said Edina, Minn., Mayor James Hovland to the website MinnesotaMonitor.com. “And you start thinking, ‘This is where I belong.’ ”

Early this year, Hovland announced and then withdrew from a run as a Democrat for the state’s 3rd District seat in the U.S. Congress. He said he does not rule out later runs for higher office.

The current administration undid his identification with the GOP. Hovland not only voted for Bush in 2000, he said, but also attended Bush’s first inauguration.

Hovland said he favors Roe v. Wade and opposed Republicans’ failed drives — at both the state and federal level — to pass constitutional amendments banning civil marriage for same-sex couples.

In New York state, at least one Republican from Westchester County has been on the GOP ticket every statewide election for the past 50 years. But it is a red zone no more. One of the county’s last Republicans recently changed parties.

“The main reason I left was the agenda and issues of the Republicans in Washington have been destroying the Republican Party,” state Rep. Mike Spano told City Hall News, a monthly newsletter.

Spano cited a backlash against the GOP’s attacks on same-sex marriage and said the issue may have hurt his brother, a Republican, who in 2006 lost a close race for re-election to a state senate seat in New York.

In another suburban Republican stronghold, Washington state Rep. Fred Jarrett, who represents Mercer Island, east of Seattle, announced a switch that caught his party off guard.

“What I’ve been doing as long as I’ve been in the legislature is trying to articulate that moderate Republican … viewpoint,” Jarrett told the Seattle Times in late 2007. “What I found is I may have a lot of ego, but I don’t think I have enough ego to think anymore that I can do it.”

Jarrett said that the final nudge for his switch was Republicans’ hard line against abortion. “My district is 70 percent pro-choice,” he said. “How could I represent my district and tone down a record that I’ve had that has always been pro-choice?”

At their September convention, Republicans will likely downplay the divisive party platform and the attacks on abortion and gay rights that define the party’s direct-mail appeals for dollars and votes.

For an increasing number of formerly GOP office-holders, such maneuvers are beside the point. The orthodoxy of party colleagues and the severity of the party line have driven them overboard.

Because party switches can be an early indicator of results in the next election, the GOP in several areas may soon be losing more officials than those who have lately jumped ship. 

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3866/jumping_ship/

Posted by: KEVIN SCHMIDT | August 28, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain will be introducing his VP pick...Tim "Dan Quayle" Pawlenty...

Posted by: RobRoy1 | August 28, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd be more forgiving if you were getting rewarded, Jake. As it stands now, you just kind of come off as a sad, racist little man.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | August 28, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget "Rocky II" (McCain tried once in 2000, and this is the re-match ; )

P.S. I am not paid, or otherwise rewarded, by the McCain campaign or Republican Party, for posting here.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

visit

realdemocratsusa.org

Posted by: J | August 28, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

JakeD is what is known as an astroturfer. As in fake grassroots. The Republican Party is paying or otherwise rewarding operatives to post talking points on websites (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/06/AR2008080603589.html).

Barack Obama is an accomplished legal scholar, with a history of organizing and a strong legislative record.

To mock popular enthusiasm for a candidate who has done so much against the odds, and who promotes a legislative platform design around resolving (rather than prolonging) war, government insolvency, climate change, and the emergence of the largest wealth gap in America since the gilded age is spiteful and cynical. For Republicans, it is especially ironic considering the lavish praise and messiahnic worship heaped upon "the decider," until the Party decided to yank the rug under from that which represented a political liability to the so-called permanent Republican majority.

McCain has an enthusiasm gap, evidenced clearly by the article. It seems that the Republicans adored the spotlight, and are sour that it has shifted; shifted without misrepresentation, shifted without oodles of soft money, shifted without invoking America's name while slandering and demeaning half of the country.

I was told conservatives believe in small government, freedom, individual rights, and a "humble foreign policy." Instead I see a party of statis who believe that government intervention can solve everything. I see a party of nationalists who believe not in pragmatism and a results-oriented foreign policy; instead believing in the efficacy, righteousness, and and facility of force and bluster.

The Republicans have become a party of nationalists and militarists. They spy on Americans, they toture prisoners. I do believe that we executed many a Japanese for waterboarding Americans at the Tokyo Trials. Care to ask Cheney to write the apology?

Posted by: Observer | August 28, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

If filling stadiums is what is considered Presidential, then who cares? Obama ruined the Democrat Party. It is now the Obama Party. The Democrats use to be against racism and disenfranchising voters, and now they have endorsed both all in the name of Obama.

This exDemocrat will vote for the work horse, not the show horse. And when all is said and done, the majority of Americans will.

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 28, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

One candidate speaks at Mile High Stadium. The other at the Nutter Center.

How appropriate.

Posted by: Kane | August 28, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Whee's the Democratic anti-celbrity ad? I mean, Dude ... you can't get a few thousand folks out for you? And you're carping because Obama has people flock to him? When is the MSM gonna realllly start slappin' him .. .McCain gets such a free ride. If you want a laugh, check out this hilarious parody of Cindy McCain ... priceless...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT4tbdoZMmc

Posted by: straight talk my a** | August 28, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,

Apollo won the fight. Rocky just gave a good account of himself, but in the end, he did not get the decision.

It's in the movie (which, by the way, is one of the most underrated great movies of all time).

The better sports movie metaphor is Seabuiscuit with Obama as Seabiscuit and HRC as War Admiral.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 28, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

"Nonethless, remember what Rocky did to Apollo in the end?"

Umm, yea. He lost to him.

Posted by: Paulie Pennino | August 28, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

John can't even fill Nutter center, (well, it is a pain to get to, and a nightmare to get away from), and just to make his day complete the republicans came out with their "Four More Years" platform, where in the only parts of the Bush administration not called for continuing are the parts that McCain currently can't work up the steam to support. But never fear, folks, the platform committee is sure that John will eventually "Catch UP with them". Either John repudiates his own party's platform, or the Democrats hang the Bush Third Term platform around McCain's neck like that cursed albatross.

Does John stop as many as one in three?

He surely is an ancient mariner.

Rarely rimes, though. Just runs on for an interminable, and totally disconnected time.

Yeah, I had to say it: "I fear thee, ancient mariner..."

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 28, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

there will be people at the (R) convention, but alot of them will be holding bullhorns on the other side of the massive police line. i hear the billboards are going to be hilarious. polls, schmolls, these two week period will give the real flavor of this election.

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | August 28, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

There is great fear in some parts of these United States today. That fear is that someone other than a white male will be elected President of the United States.

Ah the fear! Hide our women! Send our children to England for protection! Our position of privilege is in jeopardy! Our minimum wage jobs will be lost! Our women will want equal pay for equal work! Our children will marry outside the pure white race. Yes, there is great fear.

There is only one hope. And that hope is 72 year old John McCain.

From one of his seven (or eight or eleven) homes, old man John McCain will walk into our lives in his $520 dollar shoes to save us. He will leave his wife's private jet and do battle with the black man. Old man John survived some time in a POW camp some 40 years ago and he has earned the right forever to battle, to win, and to spend wife number two's 100 million inheiritance. And old man John is not afraid to tell you that. Why old man John McCain will keep our sons, daughters, spouses, and friends in uniform for maybe 100 years in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and any other place his little old heart desires.

Old man John McCain, our great hope for more of the past.

Posted by: Our Hope for the Past | August 28, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Karen and JakeD
What a sad little comments. Open up your heart a little.
There no need to insult people who support Obama by implying that they don't work or criticize his wife for doing well at work and getting a raise.

They just have a different view to you and are expressing it.

The WaPo is just reporting a fact, (probably given to them by the Obama campaign, but thats the game that is played now right) that McCain cannot fill a stadium for one of his big announcements. It contrasts with Obama filling a stadium of 75000 or speaking to 200000 in Berlin.

There is interest in Obama because whether you agree with his policies or not (and i guess you don't ) his nomination is historical but McCain we have seen before.

McCain acknowledged as much himself. Don't get all petty and defensive about it.


Posted by: Phil | August 28, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that McCain's campaign staff are paying folks to attend his rally tomorrow. They're afraid all those empty seats will appear on CNN. Pathetic don't you think?

Posted by: Demoright02 | August 28, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

They should fill it with the thousands of lobbyists working for Sidekick's campaign.

Posted by: Telegram Sam | August 28, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Lyndon LaRouche says McCain will pick billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg for his VP as per Anglo-Dutch oligarghy's instructions. He is to fulfill the agenda of privatizing the US government's programs, infrastructure and jobs getting rid of all of President FDR's policies especially the Bretton Woods that caters to the 80% of the forgottem people. It is dangerous and considered fascism.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Grow up JakeD. Rocky and Apollo Creed were fictitous movie characters. JakeD, I'm sure you can get tickets to the Republican Convention if you want to go. I hear they are having a firehouse sale.

The Democratic Convention has gone well thus far with Obama wrapping things up in only hours, then its the Republicans turn.

For all the talk about a floor vote and harsh feelings resulting in a brokered convention, the Democratics handled themselves like exurbant adults.

Next week the Republican Convention has to contend with several possible explosive issues. First attendance! There are numerous Republicans not showing up this year. Second, McCain and GW Bush and Cheney will be at the convention together. Thirdly, Ron Paul and his dedicated supporters will be holding a mini-convention in Minneapolis next week as well and will surely steal some thunder from McCain. Lastly, a Hurricane (possibly Category 3 or higher) is expectedly to hit the Gulf Coast next week on the 3rd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It will not look good for Republicans to be partying and celebrating if the Gulf Coast is hit again.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 28, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Bloomberg is pro-choice (ain't gonna happen).

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Lyndon LaRouche says McCain will pick billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg for his VP as per the Anglo Dutch oligarghy. Bloomberg will fulfill the agenda of privatizing US government's programs, infrastructure and jobs for big profit$$$ as their wealth is threatened in current depressed economy.

The solution is bringing back FDR's economic Bretton Woods policies that caters to 80% of the forgotten people and threatens the oligarghy's wealth.


Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, technically, I'm not working anymore (I retired in '94). But plenty of us have something better to do than go to stadiums for either candidate. We DO vote, that's for sure ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

You must remember that John McCain's fans are employed taxpayers. The are WORKING. They are paying for all the giveaways Barack gave to get his wife a $200,000 raise and give millions to his radical "churches" that have only destroyed inner city Chicago. So, we will keep working, too busy to go to a stadium, but you can bet we vote.

Posted by: Karen | August 28, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Sara B.:

No doubt that Barack APOLLO Obama is the biggest celebrity on the planet today. Nonethless, remember what Rocky did to Apollo in the end?

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL. I'm betting they'd have no trouble filling it up 12,000 seats if they invited Bush and billed it his farewell tour. Heck, I'd go and cheer really loud.

Posted by: Sara B. | August 28, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Is this what the WaPo calls "fair and balanced" coverage -- what's next, counting off the number of years that McCain is older than THE ONE -- maybe an actual "reporter" over there can look into Biden's claim that his first campaign announcement drew "hundreds of thousands" when there were just over 500,000 total residents in Delaware? You guys are so in the tank for Barack APOLLO Obama, just admit it.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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