Stories like this befuddle me:
Modern presidential conventions are mostly political circus, but for Senator Barack Obama, the question is whether the theatrics and drama of this one are overwhelming one of his most important tasks here: connecting with the economic anxiety gripping voters and convincing them that he has concrete and achievable solutions.
Democrats here are talking about the ailing economy, selling Mr. Obama’s policy prescriptions, offering biting indictments of Republican policies and trying to tie Senator John McCain irrevocably to President Bush.
Obama has done nothing but give specifics, and I will just direct you to his website and to Hilzoy (just scroll) who has gone through numerous issues point by point. Now, granted, he has not given “specifics” like McCain’s idiotic response at Saddleback regarding evil, in which he responded that you “defeat it.” Now there are specifics you can believe in!
On the other hand, there is a campaign that really is struggling with specifics, but it is not Obama’s:
CHETRY: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also talked last night. And she took the stage saying that a vote for John McCain is basically a vote for a third Bush term. How would John McCain do things differently, specifically on the economy, than what’s going on in the current administration?
WALLACE: Well, you know, this is their favorite line of attack and I call it one of their bottom drawer attacks that when things don’t look good they open up the bottom drawer, and they pull out these falsehoods. They launch some personal attacks. And it was an interesting way to start their convention, I must say.
John McCain has a record that the American people are quite familiar with. He has been a maverick. He has stood up against his president. He has stood up against Republicans in Congress.
He talks all the time about how he has never won many popularity contests in Congress. But he stood up against the Bush White House on campaign finance reform, trying to get some of the money out of our politics. Stood up against the Bush White House and climate change and still does. Stood up against the Bush White House often and loudly on the failed strategy in Iraq. He advocated the surge that Barack Obama still opposes long –
I have not seen that much concentrated bullshit since Hugh Hewitt and George Bush tried to convince a wary nation that Harriet Meiers would make the most awesomest Supreme Court Justice EVAH. The only thing missing from that non-response was a POW reference, and that is pretty standard fare from the McCain camp.
Compare Obama’s energy plan (.pdf) to McCain’s. McCain’s is, quite literally nothing but nonsense and pablum. Obama has short and long-term proposals covering the gamut of things that need to be done (alternative energy, efficiency, etc.), McCain says we need to drill more and gives us bullshit boilerplate:
John McCain Believes That The U.S. Must Become A Leader In A New International Green Economy. Green jobs and green technology will be vital to our economic future. There is no reason that the U.S. should not be a leader in developing and deploying these new technologies.
And that is just the energy policy. One candidate is running on theatrics, attack ads, and vague generalities and insults. It is not Obama.