Tuesday, November 04, 2008

A Vegas Dispatch

The LA Weekly's Marc Cooper live blogged last night's bleak 4-hour-long McCain rally outside of Las Vegas, Nevada:
A poor turnout my friends. I got here 3 hrs ago to beat the crowds ....

This venue holds about 5k and is not full ....

If u want to know why Mac has lost the great American Middle just come to one of these events.

The first 10 mins has been filled with an ultra-religious convocation about how America was made for God fearing folks. Now the speaker is an extreme right-wing radio host. She's vowing a big win for McCain ....

The person I'm with is laughing his rear off. He's a pro sports better and knows that Obama is now something like a 1 to 7 bet to win. About as good as odds as u waking up live tomorrow ....

Don't want to emphasize the obvious but we counted three black people in the audience, though we might have missed a few. There's a smattering of Latinos but let's get real. This is a white crowd ....

Wow, now ANOTHER state senator filling the void. And another one saying so many Dems have voted early that they have run out of voters. And, oh yes, up is down.

Don't think I'm going to blog Mac's speech cuz not sure it will be worth it. I'm sort of wondering Mac is doing in a state like this anyway on election eve. Anyone know? ....

Flash... Word comes via fellow reporters that the Palin event happening now at same hour in Reno is playing to a half-empty house ....

Word is that about 53 percent of state Dems voted early compared to about 47 percent GOP. Dems outscored Repubs by about 80,000 votes just here in Clark County around Vegas. The margin in second-populous Washoe County around Reno is even larger ....

[John McCain's] rambling talk is all about staving off some sort of economic catastrophe that would be caused by Obama.

Oh, hot dog, we've finally gotten to the Joe the Plumber and the whole spread-the-wealth meme. Right here in one of the cities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. I dunno but my guess is that a lot of people within 10 miles of here would LOVE some govt support right now.
There's lots more interesting stuff to read between the ellipses and Marc's eventual exit to the poker tables.

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