I just saw John McCain.
Like, I was literally about 4 feet away from him as I (slowly) drove by him standing on the sidewalk. That was unexpected.
I actually thought I was seeing some kind of funeral procession at first, because as I drove down Rutledge Ave., the cars in front of me were stopped to allow a group of about 6 men in dark suits walk towards one of the synagogues (please forgive my supreme lack of knowledge about the Jewish, just in case I am suggesting some terrible taboo about Jews being buried on Mondays or something. I don’t know much about the religion, sadly). I slowed down, like everyone else, then noticed no one was following the 6 men, but that there were a lot of people milling about wearing non-funeralish clothes. Then I saw the news cameras, then I saw all the McCain signs, then I saw him.
He was posing for photo ops right on the sidewalk under a tree next to the road, and the guy in front of me was hanging out of the car taking a picture with his cell phone. I (stupidly and frustratingly) didn’t have my camera with me, so I got no proofs, people! I assume they were having some sort of rally or something.
Now the oddest thing to me wasn’t so much that I saw John McCain standing on the street but that they were having a McCain rally at a synagogue. I’m sure there are lots of Jews who are Republicans, but isn’t this going to be seen as some kind of terrible betrayal by most of the Republican party? Isn’t associating with Jews some kind of unforgivable sin if you are trying to court crazy-religious evangelicals?
Very odd end to my day, that’s for sure.