John McCain has got a new problem. If he doesn’t have Sarah Palin at his rallies, the crowds don’t come.
After Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, his running-mate, riveted the overflow crowd at an airplane hangar here for 16 minutes, it was Mr. McCain’s turn, and people in his audience began murmuring and drifting away midway through a 14-minute speech that was flat and cheerless. When Mr. McCain made his first appearance without Ms. Palin, on Monday morning in Jacksonville, Fla., he faced an arena that was one-quarter full.
He’s also got another problem. Independants and some Republicans fear he will start another war. Although 46% of the respondents in the recent CBS/ New York Times Poll said McCain would continue Bush’s policies another 22% said he would be even more hawkish than Bush. So the McCain campaign has the perfect solution to the War President Problem–A new Slogan.
That should do the trick.