Things got a bit hectic here in my personal life and I haven’t had a chance to update the political happenings. I got a chance to visit the Exeter Town Hall a few weeks back to see John McCain speak. Exeter is considered the “birthplace of the Republican party,” a concept not lost on the PR people around this event.
What was immediately apparent, was that there were few young people in the crowd. Up until this point I had only seen Democratic candidates, and the crowds were generally either student oriented (Obama) or family friendly (Clinton), but this event had more of a somber tone. There were many veterans in the audience, and the dress code appeared to be more conservative. Also, unlike the previous events I had attended, diversity was virtually non-existent. Considering that the town hall is only steps away from the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy, it was rather surprising.
The Straight Talk Express bus pulled up outside. McCain went to the stage and gave an impassioned speech and opened the microphones to the audience. I can’t help but like this guy, regardless of his politics. He appears sincere, genuine, and steadfast in his opinions. What was telling to me was the crowd, which, as I said, was fairly uniform. I don’t know if he can pull off a primary election without a broader group of interested voters.