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Completely tin-eared _National Review_ editorial
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Can you believe the glossing over of the current state of the economy below? The editorial is a joke -- the only things going for McCain/Palin are "drill, drill, drill," McCain's war-hero/"maverick" biography, and the Republicans willingness for negative campaigning and appeals to jingoism.

Most Americans "are not worried"?! Polling suggests otherwise. And what kind of rhetorical strategy do the first two sentences below exhibit? The same old, same old claim to be speaking for "most Americans" instead of listening to them:

Most Americans are not about to lose their jobs, and they are not worried about the prospect. What concerns them most is the rising cost of living. If McCain stands for cheap energy, affordable health care, and fatter pocketbooks, he can cut into Obama’s edge on economics — and maybe deliver the middle class from its would-be helpers.
Reforms from the incumbent party? McCain supported Bush throughout his term.

It’s this America that John McCain, Sarah Palin, and their party should be addressing this week. On energy, health care, and taxes, they need to show that they will fight for reforms that serve middle-class interests. [emphasis added]
How about the time-honored claim that the Republicans will keep government small?

To judge from the Democratic convention last week, America in 2008 is a nation of sad sacks. We’re just barely getting by, one setback away from disaster. We need the government to rescue us, or at least take pity on us.
Oh, no, the government should just be bailing out investment firms, the real estate industry, and Fannie and Freddie Mac. The little people just want to be left alone!

McCain's campaign has little more than three-word catchphrases to run on: "drill, drill, drill," "war, war, war," "Iraq, Iraq, Iraq," and "hero, hero, hero." Hard to take seriously.


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