Poor Old John McCain

Just one week away from losing to the first African-American candidate for president, and still nothing’s working. In fact the country is hating his robocall strategy (you know, the one which destroyed his candidacy in 2000 and which he swore he’d never use?) so much that even call centre workers are rebelling against him:

Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

Nina Williams, a stay-at-home mom in Lake County, Indiana, tells us that her daughter recently called her from her job at the center, upset that she had been asked to read a script attacking Obama for being “dangerously weak on crime,” “coddling criminals,” and for voting against “protecting children from danger.”

Williams’ daughter told her that up to 40 of her co-workers had refused to read the script, and had left the call center after supervisors told them that they would have to either read the call or leave, Williams says. The call center is called Americall, and it’s located in Hobart, IN.

“They walked out,” Williams says of her daughter and her co-workers, adding that they weren’t fired but willingly sacrificed pay rather than read the lines. “They were told [by supervisors], `If you all leave, you’re not gonna get paid for the rest of the day.”

The daughter, who wanted her name withheld fearing retribution from her employer, confirmed the story to us. “It was like at least 40 people,” the daughter said. “People thought the script was nasty and they didn’t wanna read it.”

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2 responses to “Poor Old John McCain

  1. It feels like this thing is starting to tighten up a little bit, right on cue…McCain largely sticking with the same message these last few weeks and maybe making a small dent as a result. Also the urgency of the financial crisis has lessened, with the corresponding reduction in panic newsmongering and Dow watching. Some of those who were leaning Obama in the first flush of that may now be having second thoughts.

    Nevertheless, I’m not seeing anything (yet) that suggests something other than a comfortable Obama win in the 300-320 point range. And that’s plenty good enough.

  2. It’s true, it does seem that McCain’s final, hypocritical argument about preventing the Democrats gaining the executive and legislature does seem to have some bite. My guess is the momentum behind Obama remains so powerful now, the narrative of his impending victory has excited so many people, that the outcome won’t be altered measurably.

    I think you’re right and 300-320 is a safe, realistic call, and he retains multiple routes to get there. McCain needs to seal states which are either already blue or trending blue to have a remote shot. I can’t imagine how he can get past that.

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