John McCain likes to hold town hall meetings. The small venues with relatively small audiences allow him to connect to voters. I think they are a good idea, but he is proposing that Obama join him in weekly town hall meetings.
I understand that this will allow him to speak in front of larger audiences who would be drawn to see Obama, and get greater media coverage. It can also help him offset the disparity that is sure to come in terms of ad buys. McCain is badly trailing in the money race and just won't be able to compete on an ad-for-ad basis. However, that said, I think he is making a mistake. Here are the reasons why:
1. Right now McCain's audiences are friendly folks who want to hear him talk. If Obama is there, there are bound to be large numbers of anti-McCain folks who will boo, shake their heads, and perhaps laugh at him. This is likely to set off his notoriously bad temper and he really doesn't look very becoming when he is angry.
2. I don't think the physical image of a tall, young, slim, and dynamic Obama next to the more mature, lethargic, short and stocky McCain serves McCain very well.
3. One gaffe by McCain in which he forgets something will make him look like poor old Grampy who needs to take his medicine and take a nap so that he can remember things better. It will be like the Bob Dole mishap when he fell of the stage while shaking hands. That made Dole look old and feeble and I can see the same thing happening to McCain.
Be careful what you wish for Mac, because you may actually get it.