21 August 2008

So this is "change we can believe in"?

Sounds like the same old middling partisan tactics of yesterday to me.

Per Ben Smith at Politico, "Barack Obama's campaign, moving rapidly to exploit what they see as a major opportunity, is deploying high-profile surrogates in 16 states across the country today to highlight John McCain's uncertainty yesterday about how many houses he owns."

At least Team Hope is consistent -- Obama never fails to say one thing, do the other, then express outrage when his opponent -- either HRC or McCain -- hits back. As has been stated ad nauseum in this space, McCain needs to consistently hit back as hard as possible, and with one finger pointing at Obama's outlandishly laughable hypocrisy.

That's just what the McCain campaign did. In step with its more recent responses to Obama's attacks, Team Maverick brought a gun to Obama's knife fight:

Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people “cling” to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans?


UPDATE: According to Mark Halperin, guru of Time.com's The Page, the McCain camp and/or RNC will begin airing TV ads -- potentially beginning tonight -- hammering Obama's association with convicted felon and longtime Obama ally Tony Rezko. The Commish strongly endorses this move. Again, if Obama wants to use a knife, McCain should pull out a gun. The more Obama is forced to sling mud, the sillier his "new kind of politics" message looks.

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