As the Dow dropped another 369 points today, the reaction of John McCain was to continue to attack Obama’s character. It is laughable that McCain accused Obama of not talking about his record, and trying to distract the voters, when the McCain strategy is to ignore the economic crisis, and his own record.
Here is what McCain said in Albuquerque, NM, “Rather than answer his critics, Senator Obama will try to distract you from noticing that he never answers the serious and legitimate questions he has been asked. But let me reply in the plainest terms I know. I don’t need lessons about telling the truth to American people. And were I ever to need any improvement in that regard, I probably wouldn’t seek advice from a Chicago politician.”
McCain accused of Obama of hiding his record behind a barrage of angry insults, “My opponent’s touchiness every time he is questioned about his record should make us only more concerned. For a guy who’s already authored two memoirs, he’s not exactly an open book. It’s as if somehow the usual rules don’t apply, and where other candidates have to explain themselves and their records, Senator Obama seems to think he is above all that. Whatever the question, whatever the issue, there’s always a back story with Senator Obama. 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.”
Later, McCain asked who the real Barack Obama is, “Who is the real Senator Obama? Is he the candidate who promises to cut middle class taxes, or the politician who voted to raise middle class taxes? Is he the candidate who talks about regulation or the politician who took money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and turned a blind eye as they ran our economy into a ditch? Is he the candidate who promises change, or is he the politician who has bought into everything that is wrong with Washington? We can’t change the system with someone who’s never fought the system.”
How can a candidate who has been in Washington for 26 portray himself as the candidate of change? How can John McCain, who has built his entire campaign on ignoring the issues, angry barrages, and insults accuse Obama of the same behavior? McCain doesn’t realize that as the market plummets, this isn’t a message that will connect with voters. People see their investments and their retirement accounts plummeting and all McCain is capable of is attacking Obama.
Personal attacks and mudslinging are not the way to show leadership and reassure people about the economy. If this really is the McCain strategy for the homestretch of the campaign than Republicans better start preparing themselves for big losses on Election Day. McCain has decided to run a campaign straight out of Seinfeld. It is a campaign about nothing in a year where the economy is everything.