McCain’s Latest Speech Made Me Realize: We’re Winning
Right now, Halperin’s Page has a screaming headline about McCain’s “toughest language yet” and links to remarks from his latest speech in Albuquerque. While in the past I, and other Democrats, would have cowered in our boots from a speech like this, today it just made me smile because it made me realize who is winning in this race – and it ain’t John McCain.
My opponent has invited serious questioning by announcing a few weeks ago that he would quote — “take off the gloves.” Since then, whenever I have questioned his policies or his record, he has called me a liar.
No, actually, that’s multiple media outlets calling you a liar. But the fact that you bring this up so openly and talk about yourself as a liar isn’t going to help your case, Johnny. Righteous indignation is more convincing when you’re right.
All people want to know is: What has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short: Who is the real Barack Obama? But ask such questions and all you get in response is another barrage of angry insults.
A.K.A. Barack Obama is a scary black man. Just build him up more and make him seem scarier, then tomorrow he’ll seem all the more reasonable in the debate.
Senator Obama has accused me of opposing regulation to avert this crisis. I guess he believes if a lie is big enough and repeated often enough it will be believed. But the truth is I was the one who called at the time for tighter restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that could have helped prevent this crisis from happening in the first place.
When you repeat the accusation you only reinforce it Johnny.
The rest of the remarks are worth a read, including slighting Obama as a “Chicago” politician, but it ain’t gonna work.
Here’s where the strategy vs. tactics approaches of the two different campaigns is clearest to me. McCain spent the last few months throwing up poop and seeing what stuck in an effort to win the latest news cycle. And to a certain degree, he was successful, driving the narrative and driving down Obama’s poll numbers. I was as guilty as the next guy, filled with panic and worry.
But Obama spent the last few months steadily tying McCain to Bush. Now McCain is trying to call himself a reformer who took Washington on, and he’s running up a very steep hill thanks to Obama’s steady branding.
Check out the rest of the speech, and take heart: it’s the kind of speech given by a politician who is losing.