15 September 2008

Fundamentals of the Economy and a Bridge in Alaska

From the AP:

"Let me tell you, instead of borrowing my lines he needs to borrow some of my ideas. Change isn't about slogans. It's about substance."

. . . Saying that McCain had put some lobbyists in key roles of his campaign, Obama said, "If you think those lobbyists are working day and night for John McCain just to put themselves out of business, well I've got a bridge to sell you up in Alaska."
I can't get enough of that stuff. But seriously, today's been a pretty good day for Obama. John McCain said just this morning that the "fundamentals of the economy are sound," and Obama had the right response: "Sen. McCain, what economy are you talking about?" A few hours later, McCain had modified his message.

When the McCain campaign regroups to address genuine concerns about real issues that the Obama campaign specifically cites, then chalk one up for the Democrats. Obama is at his best, and McCain betrays his weaknesses, when discussing straight-up issues of substance. And today at least, as Steve Benen put it, "no one's talking about lipstick, arugula, tire gauges, Paris Hilton, or sex-ed for kindergarteners."