February 14, 2008

PLATITUDES UNITE, SPECIFICS DIVIDE:

McCain and Obama take their senatorial rivalry into the presidential race (Jeff Zeleny, February 14, 2008, NY Times)

"George Bush may not be on the ballot this fall, but his tax cuts and his economic policies are," Obama said. "And if John McCain wants to debate the specifics of how well the economy has worked for ordinary families over the last seven years, that is a debate that I am happy to have, because the American people know that Bush's policies have not worked for ordinary Americans."

As Obama seeks to paint McCain as an extension of the current White House, McCain is seeking to raise questions about Obama's readiness for the presidency. His critique carries a familiar frequency to questions that Clinton raises.

He said Wednesday: "I've not observed every speech that he's given, obviously. But they are singularly lacking in specifics."


Indeed, for all his complaints about Bushonomics, the only specific change Senator Obama offers is to raise taxes on the top 1% of taxpayers, which is sufficiently punitive to appeal to the Left but insignificant as an economic matter. All Maverick has to do in a debate is ask him what other parts of the economy he wants to tamper with and Mr. Obama has to either dodge the question or, by answering, drive away votes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2008 8:28 AM
Comments

Is Obama so stupid as to forget that McCain voted against the cuts.

McCain even has cover to argue for making them permanent.

It's going to be a fun fall.

One hopes Hillary pulls it out, because even the kleptocracy of Illinois will be competitive.

Posted by: Bruno at February 14, 2008 9:44 AM
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