THE PLANK SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
According to Nielsen, 37.2 million viewers tuned into Palin's speech, just 1.1 million viewers fewer than Obama's record number from last Thursday. Can McCain beat those numbers--especially when he's going up against the NFL's first game of the season?
P.S. A weird coincidence. I was riding in the back of the Straight Talk Express in New Hamsphire last December, watching the Redskins-Bears game on the TV--since, after spending all day with a then-accessible McCain, I and the other reporters had run out of questions for him--when the Redskins' QB Jason Campbell went out with a gruesome knee injury. Looking back on it, I don't know what I would have thought was less likely at that moment: that Campbell would be back in the starting lineup tonight; or that McCain, whose candidacy had been all but written off at that point, would be accepting his party's nomination.