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In America, sports metaphors are often used in or about politics. Let me see if this will help....|
"take a swing"
This comes from boxing or fighting, where the opponents will take turns to hit each other. It can also come from the game of baseball, where the batter will swing the bat at a ball. Politically speaking, they wanted McCain to fight back with words in some fashion, depending on the subject matter at hand such as the economy or health care.
Also from sports, in any spectator sports such as soccer, baseball, football, there are the fans who usually sit in the section of seats reserved for them, as they will cheer on their team, no matter how bad they might be doing. This area of seats is called the "cheering section".
In politics, these are the strong supporters of a candidate that usually support their candidate no matter how bad things might be going.
"dial meters plunged"
Back in the early days of television, they used to use "applause meters" for some television shows to show approval of an event. When the audience clapped their hands, the noise level would be shown on the meter or dial, showing how much they approved of the event. The louder they clapped, the higher the reading on the dial meter, which meant the more they approved.
When it is said the "dial meters plunged" it means the undecided voters did not approve of whatever McCain did or said, although his strong supporters wanted and urged him to make these responses on issues.
[ Last edited by pokikiko at 2008-11-10 03:24 PM ]