CNN showed Friday’s Columbus, OH rally complete with CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who talked about “leaving Europe four decades ago in order to get out from under socialism” and knowing what “spead the wealth” is all about and seeing that it doesn’t work.
More imporantly, that crowd was one of the biggest I’ve seen for any McCain rally and it immediately reminded me of the tens of thousands that flock to Czar Obama’s rallies at his beck-and-call. On top of that, it had the usual enthusiasm that we see from his (Obama’s) rallies.
See the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o81VuUcwnEk.
This leads me to believe that using Arnold more could have helped McCain possibly secure some of these swing states like OH, PA, as well as shore up the independents in these states.
McCain campaigns as a Maverick and either you like or dislike him because of this and this could have really helped him run off that label. Arnold is wildly populular in his “home” state of CA and it might just have swung a state or two to his side.
The Toledo Blade estimated the crowd athttp://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081101/NEWS09/811010395 at 10-12,000.
Consider it a lost opportunity, even though it was reported that it was a one-time-only stop for Arnold since he was needed in CA to help with the economy there and balance the budget. Because of this, he wasn’t able to get out on the campaign trail sooner or more effectively.
I really think this could have been the Republicans answer to Bill Clinton and what he does for the Democrats.
We shall see what happens but this may have been a lost opportunity. For that matter, why doesn’t McCain use former PA Governor Tom Ridge in helping swing that state? He’s right there for the taking but apparantly somewhat “bitter” (he made a comment once that had McCain chose him for VP he might have been able to deliever PA to McCain by now)
For the record I think it was said tongue-in-cheek.