For a couple of days now, the presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin has been sending me e-mails urging me to come to Vienna, Ohio to help demonstrate support for their ticket. If I would sign up online to get a ticket to see their ticket, staffers wrote, that sure would be great.
This afternoon, the campaign got desperate, sending out yet another e-mail appeal explaining that although there were less than 24 hours to go before McCain and Palin’s appearance, not enough tickets (free tickets, mind you) had been claimed to fill up the planned venue and make a good show of things. Please, pretty please, would I ask for a ticket and come to Vienna, Ohio?
They asked so sweetly that I decided to check on my map and make driving plans, if not for the reason they had in mind. I thought this would make a good opportunity for me to interview some McCain supporters and fence-sitters in the audience and find out first-hand what was on their minds.
To my shock, however, I found that Vienna, Ohio is a full 3 hour drive from my home in Columbus. Is the McCain-Palin campaign having to scrape that hard for a crowd in Ohio?