And how *was* the first day of the general campaign, Senator Obama?
But first, let's make sure that there's no potential mixups in names.
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OK. This is how it worked (trust the Obama campaign to schedule two events in cities with similar names, on the same day):
On Thursday, Senator Obama started his day by making a speech in the city of Bristol, Virginia. Said speech was not to a crowd of 20,000: that is actually more or less the population of the city itself. Senator Obama then went up north to Bristow, Virginia, where he spoke with a completely different crowd. All clear?
Now that we've eliminated all that possible confusion ahead of time, here comes the fun stuff. You see, the Bristow Nissan Pavilion thing was apparently what I'll nicely call a bit of a dud.
Yes, imagine our collective surprise.
By all means, linger over the next two paragraphs. They're quite fun.
"It's exciting that the first minority candidate of a major party in U.S. history will be launching his national campaign here in [Prince William]," said Prince William County Democratic Committee Chairman Pete Frisbie. "This speaks volume about the importance of Virginia and Prince William County as the battle-ground for the 2008 presidential race."
Frisbie said anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 people are expected to attend the rally that begins at 6 p.m. Doors open for the event at 3 p.m.
For the record, the Nissan Pavilion seats about 25,000; which means that they were expecting a crowd over capacity. See also the Lefty blog Raising Kaine and Prince William County's traffic advisory for additional indications that yup, they were expecting full seating, and worrying about overflow.
Fortunately for them, it wasn't a problem.
From Across Region, 10,000 Rally for Obama
By Kristen Mack
Sen. Barack Obama launched his general election campaign for president in Virginia yesterday, rolling up his sleeves and rallying families, college students and people playing hooky from work to help him "win this election and change the course of history."
The presumptive Democratic nominee drew more than 10,000 people to a late afternoon rally at Nissan Pavilion and spent the morning courting voters in coal country at a town hall meeting in southwest Virginia. Last night, Obama delayed a trip home to Chicago to meet with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Or maybe even less of a problem than even the WaPo realized.
In Va. appearances, Barack Obama eyes GOP stronghold
By Dale Eisman
His historic nomination secured, Barack Obama turned to the general election campaign on Thursday with Virginia appearances that showcased a pair of potential running mates and underscored his willingness to compete in states that Republicans have considered their strongholds.
"If you will vote for me, I will win Virginia and I will win this election and we will change history," he told perhaps 8,000 roaring supporters at a suppertime rally in the Washington suburbs.
I suppose that it would probably would be cruel of me to note that Virginia voters don't seem particularly interested in eying Obama back. And it would be even crueler to note Extreme Mortman, Virginia Virtucon, Bearing Drift, The Write Side of My Brain, Black Velvet Bruce Li, Leslie Carbone, and Scott's Morning Brew all do their best to snark, but none of them can match NoVaTownHall Blog: "So the Barack Obama juggernaut is presently at the POISON/RATT level of public acceptance." Cruel... and unnecessary: for when I have a picture like this to point to:
...really, what more needs to be said?