Monday, October 13, 2008

Exsqueeze me?

Lessee... John McCain has bold new economic proposals to help the middle class by cutting taxes on investments and capital gains! Wait... that really doesn't help the middle class that much... OK, then - John McCain has bold new economic proposals to help the middle class economy by cutting taxes on investments and capital gains! What's that? He doesn't have any proposals at all, bold or otherwise? Shit... and Obama has a concrete four-point plan, you say? Damn... how to spin this... I HAVE IT! John McCain gave a BOLD STUMP SPEECH in which he forcefully claims, "we have them exactly where we want them"! YES! We can salvage this... JOHN MCCAIN WINS THE DAY!!!

To paraphrase Swampland commenter Flyover:

It rubs the barbecue sauce into its skin or it gets the hose again.

Gameday -
6:55 p.m.: Final score: McCain wins the day

It wasn't a perfect day for the McCain campaign: after priming the media to expect new economic proposals, he offered a new stump speech instead. But it's a forceful speech, and one McCain seems comfortable giving, and with the market climbing over 900 points today the Republican candidate had the gift of good timing. Today's upbeat trading was probably the best news McCain's had in a month, and it provided him with perhaps his only chance to get a final look from voters. If there's been a day this month when the crisis mentality has lessened, slightly, and the public has been open to a new message from his camp, this was it.

Obama got good news today with all the chatter about the ABC/Washington Post poll showing him with a gaping national lead. And he effectively counterprogrammed McCain's new speech by rolling out new economic proposals of his own. Make no mistake: the fundamental dynamics of the race remain on Obama's side.

But for the first time in a while, McCain's voice broke through all the conversation about the economic crisis - and the coverage of his flagging campaign. Will he be able to keep it up? It's impossible to say, but the mid-week debate gives him another opening that he'll have to take.
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