The Chicago Tribune notes that while John McCain tries to highlight the neglected areas of America with his "forgotten places" tour, these areas are likely to be forgotten again soon after the campaign spotlight moves on:
The tour included a lot of grips and grins with African Americans, so many that it appeared, at least from the photos, that the only famous Republican who might've hugged a black woman yesterday more than McCain was Colin Powell.
We suspect a lot of those African Americans were supporters of Sen. Barack Obama's Democratic presidential campaign, just judging from the overwhelming support Obama received in the South. But who doesn't mind taking a picture with a political celebrity?...
...It's a safe bet that all of these neglected places now being visited by the McCain caravan will soon be mostly forgotten again. But at least they're getting their moment in the campaign sun.
Check out a slideshow of McCain's tour below (photos from AP).