75,000 people at a single Obama rally in Oregon. Yes, they may be all pot-smoking hippies up there in Oregon, but honestly, even if they are, when was the last time 75,000 pot-smoking hippies managed to get it together enough to be in the same place at the same time? I’ll give you Bonnaroo, but after that it gets dodgy. Certainly anything without a scraggly-haired rock guitarist hasn’t rated this for a decade or two. Alternately, does anyone really believe that John McCain could get 75,000 ham supper-eating fundies to show up to hear him in, say, Alabama? Perhaps if he brought the exhumed husk of Reagan with him. But then they wouldn’t be there for McCain, now, would they.
This is does illustrate the problem McCain and the Republicans are facing in this election. No, Obama’s not some mystical, magical human sent to save us all from ourselves (and I do sense Obama, if elected, is going to face something of a backlash when people eventually realize Saint Obama can’t make everything perfect now). But it’s hard to deny he’s got the sort of charisma that makes people want to believe. Reagan had it, Bill Clinton had it, Obama’s got it. It – along with everything else – gives the GOP a hard row to hoe.