Sunday, August 19, 2007

Wow, this does not sound good.

Late and cramped, the airplane had a familiar face sitting in the rear

August 19, 2007

Not many folks seemed to notice the other morning as passengers -- vacationers and business people -- clambered on board U.S. Airways Flight 3027, in a people-packing, overhead-bin-stuffing, seatbelt-fastening ritual repeated thousands of times a day across the country.

The flight from Washington to Columbia, S.C. was half an hour late; aren't they all these days? It was cramped in there; aren't they all these days? And there, sitting among everybody else like anybody else was a man who would be leader of the free world, a would-be president of the United States, Republican candidate John McCain. He was beginning yet another two-day campaign swing.


McCain is making a virtue out of necessity. He can't afford to buy media. His fundraising is limp. He travels with a lone aide, no more entourage, no more charter jets. His poll numbers have fallen. But not the spirit of the man who survived six years as a POW in Vietnam. "I'm going to be the next president of the United States," he says, "because I can out-campaign any of them."

If I was a friend of Senator McCain's, I'd be keeping a close eye on him, if you know what I mean.

No sharp knives or hotel rooms above the 2nd floor.