Friday, June 13, 2008

Missed it by that much

So, Obama doesn’t want to do the 10 town halls McCain had proposed. Obama wants just one. And then a few other more traditional debates.

We’ll take partial credit for getting that right.

But we’ll have to admit getting one part wrong. Even though we could hide it because the details came out before we had a chance to finish our post:

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday rejected Republican rival John McCain's proposal for 10 joint town-hall appearances, offering instead to have just one on the July 4 holiday.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said he offered to meet McCain in five joint appearances between now and the Nov. 4 election. But only one of those was a town-hall meeting, plus three traditional debates and an in-depth debate on foreign policy.

The McCain campaign said Obama's offer was to hold the single town hall on Independence Day — which likely would have resulted in less attention while Americans are on holiday. McCain told reporters traveling with him in New Jersey that was "a very disappointing response."

We were going to predict Labor Day.


  1. {opinion}Obama's team thinks not only that they are winning, but also that they have numerous advantages. Hence the prevent defense.{/opinion}

    {newsanalysis*}After initially objecting to the 10 town hall meetings Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) proposed on the grounds the two of them should model their joint appearances on the lengthy Lincoln-Douglas debates of yore, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) indicated yesterday that his busy schedule wouldn't allow him time to participate in more than two joint events.{/newsanalysis}

    {news}Tiger Woods thrilled the galleries at Torrey Pines' South Course Friday, playing his second nine in 30 strokes to move into second place, one shot behind Australia's Stuart Appleby after two rounds of the 108th U.S. Open.{/news}

  2. I hadn't seen Roger L. Simon's post before I made my earlier comment.

    Two more candidates for SPJ seminars.

  3. And I like Charlie's comment on Roger's post...

    --empty chair at each McCain town hall with Obama's name on it.

  4. "Empty chairs at empty tables, where, my friends, we'll meet no more." [emphasis added; edited creatively]

    How about asking the Obama campaign to send a surrogate to the events to answer on Obama's behalf since the candidate* himself is too busy?

    If that fails, bring in someone who ardently supports him.** Let the audience hear both sides.
    *So tempted to link to Soylent.
    **Worst case Andrew Sullivan. Could he possibly turn it down?