...a prank legendarily pulled at my high school in which students procured
well fewer than 20 live chickens, numbered them 1 through 20 with magic markers (leaving some numbers out), set them loose, and then sat back and gleefully
watched as hapless school officials ran around the school searching for the
remaining missing chickens that had never actually existed.
Nobody knows how many former supporters of Senator Clinton are going to swallow all their principles to vote for McCain but I'm willing to bet that the numbers are smaller than the number of Huckamaniacs who'll be staying home in November. If you're telling the Fred Thompson voters that McCain is safe for Democrats, what incentives are you giving them to come out.
McCain needs to hammer this one hard this week because it'll be a non-issue by Saturday given the vagaries of the news cycle. He should also wonder how much schadenfreude he can enjoy on this one. I'm betting his geniuses have misread their message again.
As an aside, have you seen this ad? "I admire his maverick and independent streak." That's not even a sentence, is it? At least, it's not a sentence in which the adjectives match.