April 7, 2008


The presidential race might come down to issues -- or not: The Democrats' policies rank high, but polls show a GOP edge on traits like honesty, strength, decisiveness. (Jim Tankersley, 4/07/08, Chicago Tribune)

Voters want government to do more to fix the economy. They also want U.S. troops out of Iraq. The presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, sides with a distinct minority on both counts.

But on less tangible questions of leadership, strength and trustworthiness, polls show McCain beating Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, the Democratic candidates.

Obama and Clinton are increasingly attacking one another on a personal level, which could boost McCain's advantage.

A recent Gallup survey suggested that Obama, in a general election, would be most vulnerable on experience; Clinton, on trustworthiness; and McCain, on Iraq and other issues.

Not that the GOP needs any help, but the duty of showing Senator Obama to be a garden variety liberal gets even easier if he turns his focus to skedaddling from the WoT and pimping big government/big tax economic schemes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 7, 2008 7:05 AM

Obama had an ad on the Philly Fox station last night during "King of the Hill," the first point of which was "Yes, we can end this war," during which Obama stood in front of the skyline of Austin, Texas. He then went on to talk about "saving the planet," as distinct from, say, clean air or clean water.

I know it's Sunday night prime time in the state's biggest media market and the election's in two weeks, but why on earth do the Obama people think "King of the Hill" viewers are likely to pull the lever for their guy? Especially when the selling points are that Obama trolls for votes in Austin and that he wants us to do to the Iraqis what we did to the Vietnamese, and relive the 1970s in other significant ways?

Posted by: Random Lawyer at April 7, 2008 11:11 AM