The McCain campaign is increasingly desperate to get some traction with voters. Their latest four-step plan: 1. Avoid the issues. 2. Scare the voters. 3. Throw mud at Obama. 4. Hope that something sticks.
The plan hasn't been working. In fact, it's an insult to voters and observers, as the following passage shows. The writer, commenting on this week's debate, is E. J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post:
A few days ago, McCain, pressing his effort to paint Obama as a strange and mysterious figure, asked: "Who is the real Barack Obama?"
Last night's debate raised a different question: Who is the real John McCain? Is he the man who used to tout himself as a problem-solver, or is he the desperate candidate who lurches from attack to attack?
The first McCain showed up last night, insisting that our "situation today cries out for bipartisanship." But is that the McCain who would govern? Is that the McCain who is authorizing all those attack ads? Is that the McCain we'll see tomorrow, and the day after?