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November 4, 2008

'08 Parting Shots: Seriously, McCain?


Many Republicans who would normally be consulted about plans and personnel [for a presidential transition] said they had detected little preparation — perhaps, they said, out of a sense that it would only be an exercise in “going through the motions,” as one put it. from: Building a White House Team Before the Election Is Decided (NYT)

Earlier this month, I offered you David Hume Kennerly’s photo of McCain’s dramatic sign off in 2000.

That image, along with this one by photographer Brooks Kraft, is part of an auction for the benefit of the International Center For Journalists. (The on-line bidding closes November 10th, and the exhibition runs through November 1st at the Paley Center for Media in New York. Kraft’s auction page is here.)

It’s easy to look at this photo, taken in ’07 in Exeter, New Hampshire, and dispense with it as frivolous. On the other hand, its grown increasingly clear — and will likely be much more so starting tomorrow — that McCain’s campaign never deserve to be taken — thus, captured — that seriously.

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