I think we’re up to nine McCain homes. It’s so hard to keep track:
There’s a pretty easy way for Obama to knock McCain back on his heels with this patriotism schtick he’s been playing. Separate and apart from the doddering, lying, confused old man part, which will never stick so long as McCain has a supplicant press covering for him, you can hit him hard — very hard — but make it not look below the belt. A simple ad that puts it in a way everyone can really understand. It has to be a minute-long, serious, nearly mournful in tone. scolding. Goes something like this:
“John McCain says he loves this country…and I take him at his word… But even if he didn’t have Bush’s boys running his campaign it’s his bad and reckless judgments that have cost OUR country dearly. cost us all, really. you’ve had your chance and look what you and Bush have done. record foreclosures…an economy in shambles…wages falling…bad judgments that had placed America alone in the world — weaker…thousands dead in Iraq. Bin Laden, free…and an Afghan war McCain ignored, on the brink… we’re on the wrong track and McCain helped put us there. It is his bad judgment, supporting Bush 100% along the way, that has. hurt. us. all. But we can change that. Thanks John, but we’ll take it from here.”
It will drive McCain insane. What’s to refute there? Oh sure they’ll whine but let them (and why hasn’t the Obama campaign hung Phil Gramm around his neck like a millstone: “McCain’s out whining and dining with Phil again….”) In this game the best offense is not defense, it’s a kick in the teeth.
I think, in the midst of all of the nervous about Obama not hitting McCain hard, people seemed to forget that everything was breaking for McCain (a friendly debate, no hard questions being asked, etc.) and very little for Obama. Other than the worst-case environment, Obama flattens McCain.