Maybe if Cindy Lou supplied free beer….

From The Wall Street Journal:

When Barack Obama claimed the Democratic nomination before 17,000 people last week, with thousands more outside unable to get in, it was notable but not surprising. He routinely draws huge crowds. That same night, John McCain spoke to about 600 supporters. That was routine, too.

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The differences were particularly noticeable this past Tuesday, when both of their speeches were televised. Sen. Obama, the Democratic candidate for president, is among the most gifted speakers in recent politics. Sen. McCain’s speech-making abilities have improved, but both Democrats and Republicans say that he still comes across as stilted and awkward.

Sen. Obama routinely draws thousands of people to his rallies; a small Obama event might include 2,600 people. Sen. McCain’s crowds are typically measured in the hundreds, though the campaign estimates that one event, in Prescott, Ariz., drew 3,000 people.


In the frenzied final weeks of competitive Republican primaries, Sen. McCain never drew more than about a thousand people. Most events were held in restaurants and other small venues.

That hasn’t changed much in the months since he became the likely nominee. Sometimes the campaign sets up ballrooms or gymnasiums so that chairs only fill part of the space to avoid empty seats.

Occasionally, a large room is packed, such as the Milwaukee high school where he held a town-hall meeting in late May. Even then, attendance, including the overflow room, was only about 1,400, according to the campaign.

By contrast, Sen. Obama has attracted about 20,000 people to a dozen rallies and held two dozen others with about 10,000 people. He addressed 75,000 people at an outdoor rally in Portland, Ore.


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24 responses to “Maybe if Cindy Lou supplied free beer….

  1. Got a Grip

    I don’t think even free beer would help old Johnny boy. He needs a personality transplant in the worst way. I can’t think why anyone in their right mind would even consider going to listen to him talk. If I met him on the street, I’d cross to the other side just so I wouldn’t have to hear him call someone, “My friend….”

  2. gotta,
    maybe if it is a combination of capt u and his audiences getting drunk, he might be tolerable for a short while. maybe cindy lou can throw in a few percocets, too.

  3. Friend of the court

    Maybe, it’s that “friends” thing that is keeping his turn outs low. While Obama welcomes voters, Cpt. Underpants seems to only want to talk to his “friends”.

  4. i think the problem is global warming. the weather is warming up, so people don’t flee inside to get away from the cold. if they are not freezing their asses off outside and desperately need to get to a warmer place, then there is no reason to listen to capt u speaking.

  5. Friend of the court

    You’re probably right nonnie. Hell would have to be freezing over, before I would go listen to him.

  6. hell would have to be freezing over, i would have to be out of matches or anything else that i might be able to make a fire from, and there would have to be nothing else to do. then, maybe, i would go listen to him. if there was free beer, that is, and i rarely drink. πŸ˜‰

  7. Got a Grip

    I think I’d just strip myself naked, lie down on the frozen tundra and let nature take its course. It would certainly be less painful than being forced to sit through one of C.U.’s speeches. I don’t think I could listen to that jacka$$, not even if Cindy Lou broke out a lifetime supply of free beer and percocet.

  8. jlms qkw - jenn

    hard liquor and narcotics. only way to listen to that fool.


    great poster! again! neener you!

  9. jlms qkw - jenn

    tooth news:
    the filling that fell out was the temp filling for the root canal. so i sat around (well, not really sat) all weekend with an exposed brand-new root canal. gagh!

    i now have a permanent filling in, i have had two meals of almost real food, and have not even had tylenol today.

    nitrous oxide is the key to dental nirvana.

  10. nightowl724

    Oh, jenn… I’m glad that tooth is on the mend. You made my mouth hurt just thinking about it.

    fotc, love the “hell freezing over” comment you made. The circle is complete now that you’re back.

    gotta, please don’t sacrifice yourself on the tundra for CU! Just don a sleep mask (you’d need one anyway for a McCain speech) and some earplugs and march right on into the closet where CU is appearing.

  11. nightowl724

    NONNIE! O Brother! is one of my very favoritest movies ever! From now on, I’ll love it even more. It’s unusual for me to buy either, but I own both the DVD and the CD of OB!

    Beer and percs – the new “Republican party line?”

    Thanks for the laughs.

  12. gotta,
    nightowl is right. don’t sacrifice yourself. if you do, the terrorists win. i am not sure how, but i am sure it is so.

    for me to be in dentist nirvana, they would have to start me on nitrous oxide 2 weeks before i even got there. glad the toofie is feeling better. calling all raisinettes, go visit jenn’s overnight news digest.

    glad i could include one of your favorite movies and not ruin it for you. πŸ˜‰ beer and percs, i can see the campaign poster now!

  13. Got a Grip

    nightowl, I’ll only go into the closet with McCain in full hazmat gear. I hope it will accommodate the the sleeping mask and the earplugs.

    nons, I’m sure you’re right, the terrorists will win. I’m not sure how, but I bet Faux News will clue me in before long.

    Jenn, I totally agree that nitrous oxide is dental nirvana (or nervana in dental parlance πŸ˜‰ ) Unfortunately, my new dentist doesn’t pass gas, so I’ll be going in on Thursday to do it the old-fashioned way. She’ll put me to sleep, though, and she promised me the good drugs. We’ll just have to see….

  14. jlms qkw - jenn

    thursday for the root canal, husband drove me around, so i took a muscle relaxant – that with the nitrous – dentist thinks i fell asleep. i think i was deeply relaxed.

    today during the nitrous i was convinced i could do any yoga pose i wanted to, and that obama would win big in november for sure.

    a brand new dentist, and two active kids in the waiting room – my nerves needed all the help they could get!

  15. nightowl724

    gotta, hazmat gear! Hahahaha!

    jenn, I hope you were psychic about Obama while you were “under the influence.”

    I don’t like NO. I doesn’t make me laugh; it makes me weep! gotta, maybe you’ll have some good dreams on Thursday…

  16. hmmmmm…i wonder… and percocet and nitrous oxide? would that get me through a capt. underpants speech?

  17. nightowl724

    Probably. And, you probably wouldn’t have any recollection of it, either!

  18. Got a Grip

    Long ago, a dentist took out my wisdom teeth. They were growing in sideways and pushing my other teeth together. I have fantastic roots on my teeth (oh, joy) so they had to dig the wisdom teeth out of the bone. The dentist gave me sodium pentathol. Afterwards they made me sit in a room with a nurse for about a half hour to make sure I wasn’t going to drop dead or something. The SP made me jabber 90 miles a minute, but it was totally unintelligible and I was drooling down my shirt. I also couldn’t overcome the desire to totally clean out my purse, which I did three times. The nurse kept fishing stuff out of the trash and putting them back in my purse, like my wallet and car keys. I don’t remember much about it except for the amused/horrified look on the poor nurse’s face….. πŸ™‚

  19. nightowl724

    gotta, that story is funny now, but I’ll bet it wasn’t funny to you at the time! πŸ™‚ I never had SP. I would be afraid I’d spill too much “truth.” Since I’m already somewhat obsessive-compulsive, your story has given me something else to worry about!

  20. i had my wisdom teeth taken out all at one time when i was in college. they were impacted and were forming cysts under them. they put me in the hospital and knocked me out completely. i think i had to stay for 2 or 3 days. i looked like marlon brando in the godfather for over 2 weeks. it was a good thing my face swelled up. it was the only thing that was visible. i barely weighed 105 pounds before the surgery, and i couldn’t eat much more than clear broth for almost 2 weeks. my swollen face was the only thing that made me visible.

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  22. nightowl724

    Poor nonnie!

    I had my four impacted wisdom teeth taken out all at once, too. I didn’t have to go into the hospital, though. The dentist knocked me out (OK, count backwards from 10…) and then my husband woke me up. My teeth have always hurt. Always. A thousand trips to the dentist and ten times that many dollars. Finally, I had them all pulled a few years ago… and they STILL hurt!

  23. we need to change the subject. this one is making my teeth hurt (i still have all of mine).

  24. nightowl724

    Yes, please!