Well, I think we all saw this coming.
Looks like after â€œBarack Obama is a vapid celebrityâ€ lost gas and â€œObama is a terroristâ€™s best friendâ€ turned more people off than it excited, John McCain is reaching for the oldest Republican attack in the book: â€Heâ€™ll raise your taxes.â€
McCain set this up in the last debate and is now following through on the campaign trail. Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll win a few people over who donâ€™t understand Obamaâ€™s plan and are generally suspicious of a man from a party known for the â€œtax-and-spendâ€ policies of yesteryear. But despite the problems with Obamaâ€™s tax plan, the Democrat has so repeatedly pledged to lower the taxes of 95% of Americans that McCain has to accuse Obama as lying OR he has to make the rather complicated argument that Obamaâ€™s tax-credit reliant plan is fundamentally flawed and will end up causing more problems than itâ€™ll solve.
This probably is McCainâ€™s best hope of gaining ground before the election. But the inherent complexity of tax policy and the desire for sound-bite ready campaigning is driving McCain to oversimplify and downright deceive in order to make his larger point â€“ and Obamaâ€™s campaign will pounce on those obfuscations which will in turn be reported in the media and diminish the effectiveness of McCainâ€™s attack.
I think Obama has done a superb job of inoculating himself against the â€œheâ€™ll raise your taxesâ€ attack and I think McCain has come to this issue too late to put up a comprehensive attack and a coherent alternative.
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