Given that at least one of three television monitors in front of the cardio machines at my gym is usually turned to a news channel at any given times, my workouts have become a great window into the presidential election campaign. At present, I get the better part of my news from the web, so seeing TV coverage offers me a different perspective.
Not just that. If I watch the news at home, I usually watch FoxNews. At the gym (it’s in Hollywood), they usually show MSNBC and CNN. And yesterday on CNN, they showed clips of John McCain and Barack Obama at their various campaign rallies. What struck me was that in the images they selected Obama, the younger of the two, looked tired, despondent, McCain the older, looked awake and energized.
(Reminded me in some ways of the contrast between Gorbachev and Reagan at their first summit in 1985. Â The older man seemed the more youthful of the two.)
I’m not the only one to notice. Over at Townhall, Matt Lewis contends that “Obama’s recent series of bad decisions and costly gaffes is largely due to fatigue.” Writing about the lipstick comment Jennifer Rubin agrees, “Obama appears to be crumbling under pressure, reduced to swinging away at the person who has supplanted him as the political star of the Election.”
It seems the Democrats were caught off-guard by McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate and how well she has been received by the American people while being savaged in the media. If Obama crumbles so easily in the face of an unforeseen political setback, how will he hold up when facing an unexpected foreign policy crisis should he win election this fall?
UPDATE: Â Mark Hemingway agrees with me about McCain:
Far from being outshone, McCain is really, really enjoying the energy Palin has brought in. When he mentioned her in his remarks and the crowd just started chanting “Sarah! Sarah!” he just began beeming and he began waving his arms like he was conducting to the crowd. Last time I saw McCain this close and personal was in January when I was on the Straight Talk Express just before the Michigan primary (which he lost). He was still feisty then, but also obviously weary. Today he looked born anew.