Welcome to McCain HQ, where denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
After early bouts of enthusiasm, things have taken on a decidedly somber tone, as McCain’s lead has evaporated and major networks have begun to call must-win states like Pennsylvania and Virginia for Barack Obama.
Of course, you would only know it of you were paying really close attention inside the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, because as soon as states started falling Obama’s way, the two screens flanking the stage were quickly shut off, their live feeds replaced with McCain political commercials.
Soon after, the Phoenix Boys Choir was ushered onstage and, in matching blazers and khakis, they delivered a touching version of “God Bless America.”
Then Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake — looking tanned and strangely chipper — delivered a “rah-rah” speech, as Obama opened up a 62-point lead in the electoral vote count.
Of course, none of that was mentioned by the McCain camp and, after more speechifying, the “official” delegate count was posted inside the house: McCain 21-3. And as McFadden & Whitehead’s “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” blared overhead, one couldn’t help but think that the McCain camp was being a tad bit optimistic.