The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler


Posted on | September 25, 2012 | 8 Comments

Awaiting the arrival of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the Dayton Airport Expo Center, an outdoor rally under gray overcast skies. There is a cool wind — it’s about 65 degrees — and intermittent drizzle.

A huge crowd of several thousand people here who don’t believe the polls. Seriously, I just conducted a non-random survey of the crowd, shouting out, “Is there anybody here who believes the polls?” A resounding “no.”

UPDATE: The Romney plane just taxied to a stop here. The hottest site on the Web today is

UPDATE II: Paul Ryan: “After four years of getting the runaround, it’s time for a turnaround.”

UPDATE III: Mitt mentions that Rob Portman spends his weekends playing Barack Obama in debate practice. “He’s good at it, too. When it’s over with, I want to kick him out of the room.”

Here’s an article about Team Romney’s pushback against the skewed polls.

UPDATE IV: Talking about the importance of small businesses, Mitt just told the story of a guy named Jimmy who graduated second from the bottom of his high school class. Jimmy started out making sandwiches in his family’s garage. “And now Jimmy John’s . . . employs 60,000 people.”

UPDATE V: Event is over. Official attendance was 3,800. There was just a brief press gaggle with top Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden, who said: “We don’t make any decisions in this campaign based on what public polls say.” He said it’s a close race, and he expects it to remain “close all the way to November.”

I’ve got photos, but for some reason can’t get them to upload here, so I’ll get those up in a subsequent post when I get back to the motel.



  1. gloogle gloogle
    September 25th, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    Keep up the good work, Stacy!

  2. Becca Lower
    September 25th, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    Dick Morris expressed outrage in a tweet at the skewed polling being reported, so I RT’d your piece to him. Hey, it’s unscientific, but they ARE Ohioans. 😉

  3. rosalie
    September 25th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Thanks, Stacy. I’m looking forward to the photos. That’s darn good advertising for Jimmy Johns. I hope he votes for Romney.

  4. Sharc
    September 25th, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    Saw you walking across the tarmac just before the show started. Great to see celebrity journalism in action. Hope someone is buying you dinner.

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 25th, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    Yes indeed.

  6. EarlScruggs
    September 25th, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    Seeing some things that say Romney/Ryan need to be more “aggressive” in Ohio. It sounds like they are hitting hard, but maybe they could go harder.

    An important lesson from Oliver North’s campaign manager:

    And, here’s a question – is that anyone we know at 1:59?

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