2008 McCain’s Closing Argument
posted by October 27 at 14:40 PMon
I linked Obama’s below. McCain doesn’t have a closing argument (yet), but to the extent that he’s offering a new argument today, it is that Obama, based on a 2001 radio interview, wants to be the great redistributor.
Setting aside the merits of the argument (which is picked apart here, among other places), I wonder: is being tagged a potential redistributor of wealth such a bad thing at a time when the economy is, in McCain’s words, “cratering”?
I think most Americans get that Obama’s economic policies would attempt to be the reverse of the Bush economic policies, in that Obama’s policies would generally “redistribute” wealth downward rather than upward. So if this new Obama label enters the general consciousness—and I’m not sure it will—it seems entirely possible that a lot of struggling Americans would say: great.
(Unless McCain starts calling it socialism. In which case, of course, they’ll probably hate it.)