Journal October 2008

Schlock and Awe

Our election blogger’s scrapbook: grilling pork, frisking suspects, spinning the press, and other Kodak moments from the campaign trail

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The Tide Turns: Three days before his come-from-behind victory in the New Hampshire primary, John McCain held his 100th town-hall meeting, in Peterborough. Fire codes were discarded, but several hundred people still had to be turned away. McCain adviser Mike Dennehy told me that the moment he saw this crowd, he knew McCain would win. An unusual guest was in the audience: the French ambassador to the United States.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic associate editor. He blogs at marcambinder.theatlantic.com.

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