The day after Barack Obama’s messianic reception in St. Paul – him having secured the Democratic nomination for the Oval Office – he made an appearance at what was billed as the kickoff to the general election campaign. His choice of venue? The Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia.

I happen to live in not quite close vicinity to this venue. I don’t know who is running the scheduling office for Team Obama, but whoever they are they don’t get out much. The Nissan Pavilion is a fine arena, but getting there – especially at 6:00 pm on a weekday – is nearly impossible. We have what is commonly referred to as Rush Hour – and it usually lasts from about 3:00 pm until sometime after 8:00.

Dire predictions were made about the epic traffic disaster which loomed upon the I-66 corridor. Some 50,000 people were expected to descend upon a venue which only had a capacity of 25,000. Loaves of bread and barrels of fishes were being sought to feed the assembled masses. Most of the population was expected to arrive to see the likes of Senator Jim Webb, Governor Tim “The Eyebrow” Kaine, and of course the headliner Obama.

Well, as it turns out, there were no delays in Bristow that day – at least nothing any Northern Virginia resident would recognize as anything other than Thursday. Of the 50,000 expected rabid Obamaians, only 10,000 showed up. If this was an actual kickoff, the ball would’ve barely made it far enough to be considered and On-Side Kick.

I wonder what will be done with all the extra loaves and fishes.

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