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Allen #FAIL – Far Fewer People at His Campaign HQ Opening Yesterday than Kaine Had Months Earlier


Check this out: a side-by-side photographic comparison (click to “embiggen”) of the official campaign HQ openings for Tim Kaine (slightly to the left) and George Allen (far, far right – lol).  Kaine’s was on January 22 and had more than 400 people in attendance. Allen’s was yesterday, and as you can see, he got considerably fewer people than Kaine did, despite the fact that Allen’s opening was 5 months later in the cycle than Kaine’s, and just a few weeks out from the June 12 Republican primary.  You’d think there might be at least a tiny bit of enthusiasm for ol’ Felix, but apparently not. So sad (heh). Also, both openings we’re held in Richmond, where the campaigns are headquartered just a few miles from each other, so Allen can’t argue apples and oranges or whatever lame excuse he tries to come up with for his #FAIL.

P.S. See the “flip” for a similar side-by-side comparison of crowds for Willard “Mitt” Romney (pitiful, small, homogenous) and Barack Obama (large, enthusiastic, and diverse)

  • I could see how someone might easily dismiss this, but having turnout for a rally can really help to test your turnout system. You can get an early read on things like how your phonebanks are working, which supporters/volunteers might be extremely enthusiastic, who are good volunteers, etc.

    In other words, one rally obviously isn’t going to make or break an election, but it can say a lot about the current state of the campaign.

  • ThadHunter

    The only #Fail here is that the writer forgot to use Photoshop’s healing brush (keyboard shortcut J) to remove the Feb 4, 2008 date in Obama’s photo.  But it’s understandable since the President’s 2012 stadium shots have not, how can I put this gently, required a wide angle lens.  Virtually everyone has made up their mind about how they are going to vote.  Neither campaign is going to change many minds.  It’s going to be all about Barack Obama.

  • There’s a sign in the background: George Allen…For Us

    Quite an interesting choice of slogan. Is the other candidate supposed to be for “them?”