September 15th, 2008

John Minus Sarah Equals Nobody Cares

by Philip Baruth

John McCain and Sarah Palin have gone their separate ways on the campaign trail now, because McCain doesn’t need her any more to gin up crowds: the pick has permanently erased the enthusiasm gap that bedeviled the mavericky Johnny Mac pre-Minneapolis. Or so we were told. Here’s McCain in Jacksonville, where the empty seats were legion.

Huffpost has more of the sad photographic details.

But suffice it to say that the pre-Palin effect seems to be reasserting itself: people tend to believe that electing a 26-year Washington insider, one who would make history as the oldest President ever, is not the elegant solution to the Change-deficit.

And then they tend to stay home.