Archive for September 10th, 2008

September 10, 2008

Crowd estimate spin

Notice that the Washington Post sticks to the vague “thousands” in estimating attendance at today’s McCain rally in Fairfax. So that’s a minimum of 2,001, we assume.

Also notice that almost half their coverage is devoted to the actions of a small group of disruptive Obama activists at the event. So even when McCain lures a big crowd, the MSM still makes sure that Obama’s message is the Big Story.

BTW, for the third consecutive day, McCain holds a statistically significant 5-point lead over Obama in the Gallup daily tracking poll, which measures registered voters.

Programming note: About to depart my sister-in-law’s house near Columbus, Ohio, and take the kids to go see Grandpa Bittner, who lives near Mansfield, Ohio. From there, it’s a 7-hour drive back home, so I’ll be offline until about midnight. Browse the blogroll.

September 10, 2008

Buckeye Republicans

I’m blogging from the dining room of my sister-in-law’s house near Columbus, Ohio, and she just got a phone call from the local GOP, asking her to participate in a campaign phone bank on Friday and a canvass on Saturday. If Team Obama thinks Ohio Republicans aren’t going to compete in the ground game, they’ve got another think coming.

September 10, 2008

Putting lipstick on a Swift Boat?

The candidate himself feels the need to weigh in:

Barack Obama responded Wednesday to the John McCain campaign’s call for an apology concerning his “lipstick on a pig” remarks, by calling the controversy “phony and foolish” and defending it as an “innocent remark” that was taken out of context.
Obama said his comment was meant to compare the policies of McCain to those of President Bush, and was in no way a reference to Republican vice presidential Sarah Palin.
Obama accused the McCain campaign of “lies and phony outrage” and “Swift-boat politics.” He said the “made-up controversy” was “cat nip for the news media.”

Innocent remarks taken out of contest. Yeah. Been there. Done that.

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

September 10, 2008

Lipstick on a fool

While I was in Lebanon, Ohio, covering Sarah Palin, it seems Obama was in Lebanon, Va., making a fool of himself. And while I was writing up my coverage, Team Maverick was producing this ad.

UPDATE: Via the Politico, an Obama spokeswoman issues this apology defense attack:

The McCain campaign’s attack tonight is a pathetic attempt to play the gender card about the use of a common analogy — the same analogy that Senator McCain himself used about Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health care plan just last year. This phony lecture on gender sensitivity is the height of cynicism and lays bare the increasingly dishonorable campaign John McCain has chosen to run.

A “phony lecture on gender sensitivity”? Look, if Team Obama doesn’t think this could hurt them, why not ignore it?

UPDATE II: Glenn Greenwald accuses Team Maverick of reaching “new heights of stupidity.” Hey, Glenn’s an expert on stupidity.

September 10, 2008

Sweetheart of the Heartland

Reporting for the American Spectator:

LEBANON, Ohio — Janet Stefanopoulos drove 30 miles from Cincinnati to attend yesterday’s presidential campaign rally here, but it wasn’t the man at the top of the ticket that brought her out on a rainy Tuesday morning.
“I want to see Sarah Palin,” said Stefanopoulos, a retired nurse and staunch Republican who had favored Fred Thompson in the primaries. “I was a lukewarm McCain [supporter] until he picked her. I mean, I would have voted for him, but now I’m fired up…. She is what I would like my children to be.”
Similar sentiments were seen and heard all along Broadway Street, where a crowd of more than 5,000 filled the block between Mulberry and Main streets in front of the Golden Lamb Hotel, which boasts of having hosted 12 presidents, from John Quincy Adams to George W. Bush.

Please read the whole thing. Thanks to all the nice folks in Lebananon, including Warren County GOP Chairman Don Prince. Here’s a selection of photos from the rally.

You might also want to read “Shaking their confidence daily,” about the impact of the Palin pick on Democrats’ morale.

UPDATE: Notice that this Associated Press story is datelined “Lebanon, Ohio,” without managing to give readers any idea of what went on at Tuesday’s rally. It’s as if the reporter had been sent out to cover a football game and failed to include the final score or describe any of the plays.

UPDATE II: Daniel Ruwe attended the rally and notes:

Judging from the comments of the people in line, all ten thousand people were there to see Sarah Palin. . . . A stall selling t-shirts sold McCain-Palin shirts for twenty dollars — but shirts with just McCain went for only fifteen.

Which is to say, the free-market shows that adding Palin to the ticket produced a 25% increase in the value of T-shirts.

September 10, 2008

‘Sarah Palin U R My Role Model’

That’s Meghan Ellis, 17, of Maineville, Ohio, at the McCain-Palin rally I covered today in Lebanon, Ohio.

Huge crowd on a rainy morning. If you squint hard, you can spot Meghan’s poster in this photo:

Here’s my favorite picture from today:

That’s John Kauffman, 83, of Franklin, Ohio. He’s a Navy veteran of World War II (1943-46) who then joined the Army and served in Korea (1950-54). He said of John McCain: “He’s my buddy. I don’t know him personally, but I like what he stands for — country first. . . . I know all the veterans are standing for him.”

Here’s another shot to give you an idea of how big the crowd was:

And here are three Jaynes sisters — Andrea, Sydney and Felicia — and their friend Chloe Garland sporting homemade T-shirts.

They say the Palin pick has got them “pumped.” And if Obama’s mad about Maverick stealing “change,” wait until he finds out Republicans are also stealing “hope”:

Here’s a lady who has bred her own caucus:

She said there are three more family members who are still undecided “but we’re working on them.”

Here’s another hugeness-of-crowd shot:

Finally, an Ohio girl who’s happy to be 18: