Ohh, he's such a fighter, that John McCain. Having lost ground in the polls following two weeks of attacks against Obama, John McCain has switched gears again, lashing out against George Bush instead.
Johanna Nueman at the LA Times has more:
Republican John McCain is down in the polls. Critics assail the tone of his campaign. All those rallies where running mate Sarah Palin said their rival Democrat Barack Obama "palled around" with domestic terrorists. All those red-meat crowds yelling "terrorist" at any mention of Obama's name.
So today McCain unveiled his new "I'm a fighter" speech, hoping to resurrect his presidential campaign with a promise to be the kind of pugilistic, populist politician who battles against Big Mean Interests for his fellow citizens.
And who was the first target of his punches? Sure he hit Obama with a few [...]
But McCain seemed to reserve his greatest venom for the incumbent, George W. Bush, a fellow Republican who defeated the Arizona senator in 2000 and perhaps kept the 72-year-old McCain from his best shot at the White House.
"We cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. The hour is late; our troubles are getting worse; our enemies watch. We have to act immediately. We have to change direction now. We have to fight."
Ignore the fact that John McCain has embraced the "de-regulate everything and tax cuts for the rich" that are at the heart of Bush's economic program, and forget that John McCain has wholeheartedly embraced the Bush foreign policy doctrine of "Ready-Shoot-Aim-Think" -- no, no - forget all of that.
For this week at least, John McCain is all about Changing Direction from what Bush has done.. yesirree.
Next week? It's anyone's guess. This drama of watching John McCain flail about like a fish out of water is amusing. John McCain is in a full-blown panic, erratically shifting from one approach to another, seemingly just one half-baked, "Campaign suspension" away from a total meltdown.
PS: Obama is up by 10. No wonder Johnny Boy is in such a panic.
Update: McCain was supposed to deliver an economic plan today - which makes his manic attacks that much more bizarre.
McCain's senior adviser Sen. Lindsey Graham promised over the weekend that McCain would debut new economic proposals that would include lowering tax rates for investors and cutting the capital gains tax.
But the Arizona Senator - in words that could describe his troubled campaign as much as the country's economic problems - chose instead today to deliver a fighting address in Virginia aimed at rousing supporters and urging them to stay the course in the presidential race.
"The hour is late, the troubles are getting worse; we have to change direction now. ... We have to fight," McCain said. "We have 22 days to go. We're six points down. The national media has written us off," he told supporters. "My friends, we've got them just where we want them."
McCain's speech came as Obama did release new economic stimulus proposals in Ohio, including calls for a three month moratorium on home foreclosures, a temporary tax credit for job-creating firms, and allowing families to withdraw up to 15 percent of their retirement savings without facing penalties.
Obama - cool, calm, collected, with a plan.
McCain - lashing out, angry, changing directions, no plan.
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