McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail
by techfidel, Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 05:36:21 PM EDT
The Straight Talk Express rolled into Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio tonight--literally. It was a stark contrast to Bush's appearance in the same venue in 2004, which was filled to capacity with adoring fans, many of them fundies. This time, half the arena was blocked off by a curtain, and only maybe half the seats in the other half were filled. Maybe 5,000 in attendance tops.
What people were there were very uninspired. Cheerleaders tried in vain to get the crowd to chant "Country First"--it would go for a couple of rounds among very few people and then die out. Same with "USA USA." Even "O-H-I-O" was a non-starter. What I saw was a lot of bored people. It's like they know they're doomed & were going through the motions.
Fresh Ohio produce surrounded the stage, and Hank Williams, Jr. similarly tried to set the redneck tone of the McCain campaign with idiotic songs about "liberal left wing media" and the like.
Languid cheerleaders lazily kept time with their pom poms:
Giant crates of apples served as props--were they to be thrown at the speakers?
The Straight Talk Express literally rolls into the arena:
OK, that was dramatic.
The crowd goes wild:
OMG, it's Arnold:
Arnold kept hitting the "socialism" meme. He made a joke that Halloween, where kids go door-to-door getting candy for free--is socialist. The assembled Republicans nervously laughed. Their kids thought, WTF?
He said, "I'm not saying raising taxes per se makes you a socialist--I raised the sales tax because California was in a budget crisis, but Obama wants to do it out of ideology. Bizarre point.
A room divided cannot stand:
He's not going to win Ohio, but, see, he's got this sign:
Doesn't say whose victory, does it?
Breaking on through to the other side:
Just an old farm boy:
He dreamed he saw Joe the Plumber in the crowd.
Nope, not back here:
Well, we have these buttons, see:
And Democrats too--we have this van, see:
All in all, the most pathetic, lackluster rally I've ever seen. Bush rocked the place in '04 and the fundies carried him over the top in Ohio by a couple percent. McCain looks like he's dead in the water.