Did nobody realise how McCain would respond?
It appears from the photo above (hat-tip to Drudge) that the stage for Barack Obama’s historic address tomorrow evening will be classical in design, with a facade resembling a Greek or Roman temple.
McCain’s campaign has ‘gleefully’ responded, calling it the ‘Temple of Obama’ and have sent out an email of their magazine “Audacity Watch”. This chimes with the video that they made mocking Obama’s messianic following, called ‘The One‘.
After his international tour, there was no shortage of comment accusing Obama of being less the presumptive nominee, but more the presumptuous nominee. In light of that criticism, accepting the nomination in a 70,000 seater stadium might seem a little risky, but to put him on such a stage smacks of amateurish indifference to this line of attack, which could be extremely dangerous for his chances of winning in November.
Rumour has it that John McCain will announce his VP on Friday morning, or even on Thursday evening just hours after Obama’s speech, to overshadow the Democrat’s coverage. This element, as well as the various pitfalls of accepting the nomination in this way, lead me to wonder whether Obama will see the usual ‘Convention Bounce’ of 6%. If not, cue the process stories about a campaign coming off the rails, and the media getting to savage the Obama campaign team for the first time.
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