Biden Whacks McCain: “McCain is Bush 44”
Well, for those of you who wanted to see Joey “Bloody Up Their Noses” Biden emerge with a higher profile as an attack dog, then tune in at 11 A.M. in St. Clair Shores, Michigan to see the Dem VP do what a Dem VP hasn’t done in years – wallop the GOP candidate:
If you’re ready for four more years of George Bush, John McCain is your man. Just as George Herbert Walker Bush was nicknamed “Bush 41” and his son is known as “Bush 43,” John McCain could easily become known as “Bush 44.”
Oh that’s pretty good. I know many of us are ready for them to say that McCain is going to be WORSE than Bush. From what I hear, next Monday, Biden’s going to give another attack speech focused on foreign policy in which he’ll argue exactly that point. But today’s focus is the economy and domestic issues, and Joltin’ Joe is going to bring it:
On the issues that you talk about around the kitchen table, Mary’s tuition, the cost of the MRI, heating the home this winter — John McCain is profoundly out of touch.
John McCain stands with George Bush firmly in the corner of the wealthy and well-connected.
He stands with the oil company CEOs who swore to me, under penalty of perjury, that they didn’t need tax breaks to explore for oil.
John McCain is so firmly in their corner he’d hand the Exxon-Mobils of the world another $4 billion dollars a year.
The first segment of Biden’s speech focuses on how there’s no “daylight” between McCain and Bush, and at one point he even says “you can barely tell them apart.”
But then, he makes an effective pivot, and begins talking about the McCain we once knew, and the brand that used to be so strong:
Whatever happened to the guy, who once denounced tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in a time of war, as “immoral.”
Whatever happened to the guy who wanted to do something about climate change. Not anymore. Senator McCain says he’d vote against a bill he helped to write.
I love the “whatever happened to?” phrasing.
But perhaps most importantly, he goes directly after McCain’s CHARACTER, something we’ve been longing for:
When Senator McCain was subjected to unconscionable, scurrilous attacks in his 2000 campaign, I called him on the phone to ask what I could do.
And now, some of the very same people and the tactics he once deplored his campaign now employs.
The same campaign that once called for a town hall a week is now launching a low blow a day.
This speech, combined with Obama’s new ad calling out McCain on his deceptive ad campaign, signals a new frontal assault on McCain’s character.
There’s a lot of work to be done, and we’re in for the fight of our lives. But after a shaky few weeks, I do think the Obama campaign has its feet under it again. A major assault on John McCain (NOT Sarah Palin) is exactly what is required.
The best thing about Biden’s speech? It doesn’t feel defensive. It’s not in reaction to any attack. It’s launching its own attacks on McCain. That’s what we need to see every day now – frontal attacks on McCain. No more defense.