If there are any PUMAs left after Hillary's speech last night, you can be sure they aren't Democrats:
The Jed Report has done a little adjusting to the McCain/Hillary spot to make it more realistic:
McCain hits Obama for, of all things, NOT picking Hillary as his VP. I'm sure they were really downfallen that they wouldn't have Hillary to rally the conservative hoards to turn out the vote against her.
Joe Biden doesn't wait long before going on the attack:
I have a little fun today with the presidential candidates repeating the same theme over and over. For most of the people who have already made up their minds, this repetition gets downright annoying. But we have to understand that we aren't the targets. It's the maybe 10 percent of voters who are still undecided. And to get to them, the repetition will continue on and on and on...
Stuff like the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry and McCain's Celeb/P Diddy assault on Obama aren't really about the attacks themselves. In themselves, they're often too cartoonish to be believed in any literal sense. What they're about is smacking the other guy around and making him take it. There's no better way to demonstrate someone's lack of toughness or strength than to attack them and show they are either unwilling or unable to defend themselves -- thus the rough slang I used above. That not only makes the other guy look weak. It also transforms him into an object of contempt, which together are politically fatal. It's this meta-message of weakness that resonates far beyond the literal claims. And it's this that Democrats so often seem to miss -- explaining the factual inaccuracies of the claims, demanding that the attacks stop, all the while reinforcing the intended message of the attacks in the first place.
Here is a great visual representation of the differences between the Obama and McCain tax plans. Look who gets the biggest cuts.
Here's an idea: Just like the GOP did with the purple bandaids at their 2004 convention, now we have an effort to get Democratic delegates to bring a bunch of key rings marked "John McCain house #(1-12)." Sounds like the kind of shallow crap that dominates convention coverage in this country. It should work well.