Memo to Team McCain, including Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis entitled: IT IS THE ECONOMY STUPID.
Why do you think Barack Obama has risen in the polls and John McCain has cratered? The economy, stupid.
And, what caused the financial markets collapse, the bailout and the credit market meltdown?
Answer: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the lack regulation of them both.
So, listen to Flap and Jim Geraghty.
But I cannot emphasize enough how much the Campaign Spot’s readership is yearning for the Republican nominee to lay out the various ways that Democrats on Capitol Hill aided and abetted the mismanagement and risky gambles at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Atrocious management at Fannie and Freddie isn’t the sole reason for our financial mess, but it’s a big one. And there were certain voices in Congress, generally on the right, who saw it as risky, and a lot of loud voices on the Hill, generally on the left, insisting that nothing was wrong.
The RNC web ad is a pretty good start, but how many will see it? (About 155,000 so far, in an electorate that will be measured in the tens of millions, probably considerably more than 2004’s 122 million.) Can the 1:30 version be cut down and put on television? Why can’t John McCain and Sarah Palin make the points about the how the crisis was built illustrated in the “Burning Down the House” (with the revised music) YouTube video? Could McCain please, please bring up some of this in Tuesday’s debate?
Forget about William Ayers and domestic terrorism and concentrate on the economy in key battleground states. This is what America voters care about not some left-wing unrepentive lunatic who once tried to bomb police stations and the United States Capitol.
Run this ad:
Or modify this ad:
If Team McCain wants to win this race you must concentrate on the economy and focus the blame where it RIGHTLY belongs – not on George Bush or the GOP.
Steve and Rick, the American voters are blaming you for the financial morass and Barack Obama plus the Congressional Democrats are getting a free ride in electoral bliss. You fumbled suspending McCain’s campaign.
Don’t fumble Tuesday night’s debate. Forget about William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. How about attacking Barney Frank who had a gay sexual relationship with a high ranking Fannie Mae Executive and the obvious conflicts of interest?
It is the economy, stupid.