October 7, 2008

The Ring


No, this shot does not reflect the physical layout of tonight’s debate in Tennessee.  What it does show is one of McCain’s innumerable townhall-style meetings,  this one in Racine, Wisconsin back on July 31st.

How often has it crossed you mind, though, that the format McCain uses looks like an old-style boxing ring? With many in the punditocracy likening tonight’s debate to a boxing match, using like metaphors, such as how McCain needs to “deliver a knock out punch,”  I’m amused how it’s McCain’s bellicose and flailing nature that has him on the ropes in the first place.

So, what’s it going to be?


  Mad? Sad? Glad? Or, had?

(image: Mary Altaffer/AP. Racine Civic Center July 31, 2008.  image 2 & 4: Gerald Herbert/AP. Pueblo, Colo. Friday, Oct. 3, 2008. image 3 & 5: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty.  >October 2, 2008 Denver, CO)

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