Earlier this afternoon I read where Barack Obama will formally accept the Democratic Party nomination in Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos of the NFL. The nomination speech will be open to the public.
This is quite, quite clever. Mile High Stadium holds about 75,000 to 80,000 people. If he can draw that many people to hear him speak as summer vacation winds down it will be a coup. It will be like an old outdoor barnstorming political rally out of the 1930s. A hot summer night with only the comforts of Obama's words and some lemonade.
So should John McCain make a similar move and accept the GOP nomination at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis? The Metrodome, which is the home of the Twins in MLB and the Vikings in the NFL, doesn't have the seating capacity of Mile High but it gets very, very noisy in there with a full crowd. It would also be a good place to say that Humphrey, unlike Obama, represented mainstream America.
There are pros and cons.
If Obama makes the speech and sells out the place while McCain just sticks to the conventional route and says or does nothing memorable then Obama looks all the more like a 30th Century Man.
If Obama makes the speech and sells out the place while no one shows up for McCain in the Metrodome then Obama still looks like a 30th Century Man.
But if Obama makes the speech and he doesn't fill the house then no harm to McCain. Obama will probably make a great speech but the focus will be on why he couldn't fill the house.
Maybe what McCain does at some point during the Convention is to do what he does so well - The Town Hall Meeting and broadcast it to a nationwide audience. If Obama will show off his strengths at the Democratic Convention why can't McCain do the same but on his own terms?
After all, if he chooses to do something different it can just because Obama did it otherwise it will be measured against him. It's one thing for the entire nation to watch 75,000 people watch Obama speak. It's another for the entire nation to watch McCain answer questions from everyday people. That would set McCain apart from Obama.