McCain campaigns in Tampa and hardly anyone shows up
By Chris Ingram
• More out of sense of obligation than excitement, I went to the John McCain rally in the parking lot of the stadium where the Tampa Bay Bucs play. I also took my three daughters because my oldest — who is only four — loves John McCain (because I’ve brainwashed her), and she wanted to go see him again.
Apparently most other Republicans didn’t feel so obligated. That or they don’t have nagging four year olds asking them to go see some old guy running for president. I actually think she likes McCain and she says “he’s a nice man” but I think the draw to the rally is she figured there would be balloons.
Anyhow, most people didn’t feel obligated I guess because most people didn’t show up. Local media estimated the crowd at between 1,000 and 1,200. For a presidential campaign to be unable to round up even 1,500 people the day before an election is a bad sign. Had Barack Obama been in town, I’d guess he would bring in 10,000-20,000 – my die hard Republican friends would quickly point out that’s because all the Republicans are working and the Democrats don’t have jobs.
Maybe not, but their vote is just as meaningful as yours I’d respond. Then they get that deer in the headlights look…
The lack of enthusiasm for McCain is strong and clear. Four years ago W. packed 15,000 in Tampa two days before the election.
• Here in Hillsborough County (Tampa, Fla.), the McCain campaign is disorganized like every campaign. But the level of disorganization is beyond the norm. Republicans just don’t get it when it comes to organizing grassroots – at least not this year. The Hillsborough County Chairman for the McCain campaign was given the job not because of what he knows but who he knows. So we end up with an inept grassroots organization in one of the most important counties in the state of Florida.
• Number of McCain events I have attended and given my e-mail address to the campaign while in attendance in the last twelve months: 5. Number of e-mails I have received from the McCain campaign: 0.
• Number of Obama events I have attended and given my e-mail address to the campaign while in attendance in the last twelve months: 0. Number of e-mails I have received from the Obama campaign: sometimes 2-3 per day every day for the last three months.
• The scariest part about the likely outcome tomorrow (Obama wins), is not really Obama and all his big government, tax and spend, socialist policies. What is scary is all his big government, tax and spend, socialist policies combined with the big government, tax and spend, socialist policies of the Democratic Party leadership in the U.S. House and Senate.
The GOP is poised to lose 30+ seats in the House, and perhaps 10 in the Senate. In the House, it doesn’t really matter. You’re either in the majority or you’re not. But in the Senate, where the rules are clearer, a handful of senators can shut the place down. A handful in this case, is a minority of 40 – that’s what is required for an effective filibuster (stopping bad legislation for those of you who slept through high school civics class).
If the GOP loses 10 seats, the Dems. will effectively control the U.S. Senate 61 to 39. So think about the consequences when you vote tomorrow. If you like money in your wallet, and if you like a Supreme Court nominee who is selected in part because it is known he or she has to be approved by senators from both sides of the aisle, you better think twice about Obama. If he wins, and the Democrats control Congress the way most expect they will, our government is going to grow, and grow, and grow and they’ll leave the bill for our grandkids to pay for it. Think about it this way: Pelosi, Obama, Reid (POR) as in, the Democrats will leave you poor!
• Anecdotally, down here in Florida, the television ads for McCain are more frequent and also more effective this last week of the campaign than they had been. They finally started hitting Obama on his lack of experience and big spending ways instead of whatever it was they were selling a month ago that no one was buying. It’s probably too little, too late, but don’t count McCain out just yet. He has a history of coming back in the 9th inning.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of http://www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.