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Notes from the McCain/Palin Event: 2

The crowd is a sea of red–has that become the unofficial color of GOP candidates? The warm-up music is poppish country. The crowd has a smattering of college-aged and smaller kids, but these people generally look like middle-class (and overwhelmingly white) suburban citizens. When you come to one of these you see how much of the day-to-day legwork of a campaign is done by twentysomething staffers. They no doubt take a fair amount of grief from their peers for working on the uncool camapaign. But that is part of what is happening, I suppose: the McCain Palin team now has a much more upbeat vibe. The signs, a number bearing lipstick, tell you where they are coming from. A blond haired boy on his dad’s shoulders holds up a sign: “hero+ mom=great team.”


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