The Obama-McCain excitement gap

Did you hear the one about Barack Obama throwing a party and 75,000 people coming?

Well, it really happened.

(NYT) Obama Draws Record Crowd in Oregon

An estimated 75,000 gathered on the banks of the Willamette River in Portland on Sunday to see Barack Obama.

“Wow! Wow! Wow!” were his first words, as he surveyed the multitude, which included people in kayaks and small pleasure craft on the river.

Now, close your eyes and try — try as hard as you can — to imagine John McCain drawing a crowd of this size. You can’t do it, can you? I can’t either.

As much as he is loved by the major media, McCain will never generate that kind of excitement among the public — not even close.

This year’s presidential election may well end up being very close in votes.  But in terms of excitement, it’s going to be Obama in a blowout — which is a good thing on any number of counts. Excitement means booming fundraising, record breaking voter turnout and lots and lots of grassroots work.

And it’s also fun.

Democrats have largely lost sight of the fun part of politics in recent national elections (we’ve been too consumed with the desperate desire to win). It would be good to get it back.

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One Response to “The Obama-McCain excitement gap”

  1. Larkrise Says:

    McCain is about as exciting as an old, stinky sneaker.

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