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A McCain lunch, sans McCain

An invitation

An invitation

Early word about the emerging Fred Thompson presidential campaign includes mentions that the candidate hopes to limit his personal appearances around the country, not spent a lot of overnight time away from home, and do a lot of the work on line or otherwise remotely. Flesh pressing, evidently, would be de minimus.

Veteran politics watchers such as Charlie Cook figure this approach won’t work – “What a truly ridiculous notion,” in Cook’s phrase – because that personal contact still is critical. And we tend to agree.

So we’ll be curious to see what happens on June 15, when another presidential aspirant, Arizona Senator John McCain, holds a $250 a plate fundraiser at Boise, at the newly renamed Hotel 43 (till recently the Statehouse Inn); the host committee has committed to a $10,000 donation.

The lunch will have a notable guest, in Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (he must be one of the few notable Republicans in his state not supporting Mitt Romney). And the candidate’s wife, Cindy McCain, will be there.

Missing from the invitation list? Any prominent Republicans from, you know, Idaho. (You have to figure they tried; so far, we haven’t heard of an Idaho McCain organization.) And, uh, the candidate himself.

So how well does the fundraiser do under these circumstances? Might e worth watching. Might be worth the Thompson campaign’s watch, too.

(Hat tip to the correspondent who forwarded the invitation.)

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  1. Joe Moran said:

    What bothers me is the hotel 43 is 2 blocks from my home and I don’t want to be within many,many miles of ” genocidal war-hawk” John McCain. I don’t imagine Huntsman is very different… so if anybody has a few rotten eggs I can throw,just e-mail me. In all seriousness, that is one chintzy hotel, right next to the 1-84 road-rage way and close to all the second-hand shops downtown. It makes a statement about McCain… about his war loving… and about what Iraq,Vietnam etc. were… genocidal wars for greed.

    June 7, 2007

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