McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

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.

Here's Johnny!

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.

Tags: Columbus, John McCain, Nationwide Arena, Ohio (all tags)




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by techfidel 2008-10-31 05:37PM | 0 recs
Re: tips
What a wonderful diary, Thank you
by Destiny 2008-10-31 07:36PM | 0 recs
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This diary was wonderful, and hilarious too.  Tips for you.

by BPK80 2008-10-31 09:13PM | 0 recs
Thanks for

reinforcing how horrible the mccain campaign is.

I noticed that there were palin buttons and joe buttons but no MCCAIN buttons or MCCAIN/PALIN buttons.

By the way, are these your pictures? If so, was it like.... torture being there?  :)

by kevin22262 2008-10-31 06:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks for

It wasn't so much torture, because I was fascinated by how lame it was compared to Bush's 2004 appearance in the same venue. Nobody around me was into it at all. Plus, I left after about 10 minutes into McCain's speech.

by techfidel 2008-11-01 07:35AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

What the hell...making the stage into an artificial barn with overflowing produce?  Um, ok.

I like the buttons - "The Hottest VP in the Coolest State" - really reveals what is motivating all of the Palin-love by (male) Republicans.

by rfahey22 2008-10-31 06:48PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

Like Hee-Haw, I guess.

by Bush Bites 2008-11-01 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

I've spent a little time in Ohio.

by QTG 2008-10-31 06:55PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

Sure, the stage says victory in Ohio, but Ohio is written in blue. That's a good omen.

by TCQuad 2008-10-31 07:34PM | 0 recs

With all those props, with Arnold, in a state Bush won in 2004, with a population of 750,000...

He can't half-fill a hall.

In Sarasota, with no props, with no cheerleaders, with no celebrity guests, in a state Bush won in 2004, in a city and county known to be rock-solid Red, with a population of 52,000 - Obama packed the house with 15,000.

Thanks for the pics, that was great to see!  If you feel like cross-posting on the Moose it would be well received and probably FPed.

by chrisblask 2008-10-31 07:53PM | 0 recs
Darragh Murphy's going to be so angry...

...stealing photos of the RV she uses to follow McCain around the country.

by iohs2008 2008-10-31 08:42PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

Those Joe the Plumber buttons are bizarre.  And fishy.  The Joe the Plumber phenomenon doesn't seem spontaneous, but constructed, rigged, and entirely fake.  

by ProfessorReo 2008-11-01 12:04AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

That's a safe bet.

by Bush Bites 2008-11-01 07:03AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail

Just look at that crowd. So diverse.


by Aquaria 2008-11-01 01:05AM | 0 recs
what's beyond Epic?

...just tattoo a "W" on each of his cheeks, bend 'm over and you get "WOW"

by mydailydrunk 2008-11-01 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: what's beyond Epic?

Southside VA, been called twice by the Democratic party, one for Perriello, one for Obama, the only contact from repugs is a mailbox of smear.

...and on a personal note.
f.u. troll, frankfurt.   Hide rate me? Why are you here, anyway?

by mydailydrunk 2008-11-02 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: McCain in Columbus: Epic Fail
What the hell?
Note to the McCain campaign, Columbus isn't a freakin' farm town. There are no farms in Columbus, there are no farms particularly close to Columbus. Therefore, it's stupid to surround the stage with produce.
The guys who set this up should never work again. They made the Nationwide Arena look like the state fair.  
by EvilAsh 2008-11-01 11:00AM | 0 recs


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