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Knives Out

The sharp attacks against McCain-Palin continue with Barack Obama today mocking his rival's assertion today--a day when the Dow dropped 300 points in early trading and TWO financial giants announce major troubles--that the "foundations of the economy are strong." Obama's reply? "What economy are you talking about?"

What's more fundamental than the ability to find a job that pays the bills and can raise a family? What's more fundamental than knowing that your life savings is secure, and that you can retire with dignity? What's more fundamental than knowing that you'll have a roof over your head at the end of the day? What's more fundamental than that?

Highlighting how out of touch McCain is on the economy is good, but I would focus more on the fact that his ideology dictates that those poor saps who losee their jobs or their life savings in broken banks should just pull themselves up and dust themselves off! Don't be a loser! McCain has turned his campaign away from a debate on experience and judgement and into one of personalities. But it's the ideology that has sunk so many families these last eight years. Drive that home and sweep out all the Republicans you can.

UPDATE: Example of how their ideology is really the issue: Palin, the mother of a special needs child and recent "champion" of related causes, cut the budget of the Alaska Special Olympics in half. I don't doubt for a moment that she loves her kids but her ideology does not support programs that improve the lives of special needs children. Conservatives could argue this academically but they know it wouldn't ring with voters. So we'll get more sloganeering and four more years of Bush-like "compassionate conservatism." Yay!

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