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OMG, McCain is so good at townhalls, Obama might not even show!

October 7, 2008 |  5:07 pm

It's a strategy not unique to politics.

College football coaches every week on their own programs talk about how terribly strong their opponent is this coming Saturday, even if the other team hasn't won in 32 games. To hear them tell it, the home team will be lucky to escape with most of their uniforms after the game.

Republican presidential candidate and Arizona senator John McCain plies his trademark townhall trade in New Hampshire

Same going on today by the Democratic National Committee, trying to set the expectations bar high in tonight's town-hall presidential debate for John McCain, who prefers this style and has practiced it for years.

In fact, McCain suggested he and Barack Obama do 10 weekly town-hall sessions around the country all summer. The freshman Illinois senator initially seemed interested but on further reflection he demurred.

Our blogging colleague Mark Silva has the hilarious details on today's attempt over at the Swamp.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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